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By Malathi Nayak
SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 Video game publisher
Electronic Arts Inc reported better-than-expected revenue
and profit for the first quarter, driven by robust sales of
titles such as "Titanfall," digital revenue and cost control.
"On the digital side, (we saw) great continued growth on
mobile and PC full game downloads and our subscriptions business
with all of those up dramatically," CFO Blake Jorgensen said in
Games such as "Ultimate Fighting Championship," soccer title
"FIFA" and shooter game "Titanfall" were strong revenue drivers,
For the three months ended June 30, non-GAAP revenue rose
about 57 percent to $775 million from a year ago, exceeding Wall
Street analysts' estimates of $713.2 million, according to
Non-GAAP net income rose to $61 million, or 19 cents per
share, from a loss of $121 million, or 40 cents per share, a
year ago. This also surpassed analysts' expectations of a net
loss of 4 cents per share.
Electronic Arts shares were relatively unchanged after
closing at $38.42 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday.
The Redwood City, California-based company said on Tuesday
it postponed the launch of its military-style shooter game
"Battlefield: Hardline" to early next year.
The title has been delayed to incorporate new features based
on player feedback on its test version, executives told analysts
on an earnings call.
The company also said the release of role-playing game
"Dragon Age: Inquisition" has been moved forward six weeks to
Nov. 18 in North America.
The company did not make changes to its previous forecast of
non-GAAP revenue of $4.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.85
in the fiscal year ending March 2015.
"It's appropriately conservative ... They are obviously
trying to be cautious given the changing release schedule," R.W.
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said.
Video game industry software sales, which lagged in April
and June, are seeing a boost as games for the Xbox One and
PlayStation 4 devices, which were launched last holiday, gain
steam. But sales of titles for older consoles, which have a
larger install base, continue to slip.
"We're right now at that place where we're still seeing
headwinds," Jorgensen said.
Sales of the Microsoft Corp's Xbox One and Sony
Corp's PlayStation 4 have been running 90 percent
higher than their older versions, Jorgensen said.
Electronic Arts' shares have soared about 30 percent since
it launched its Xbox exclusive sci-fi shooter game "Titanfall"
on March 11.
The company is on track to launch a new iteration of its
city-building "Sims" game later this year and annual
installments of its "FIFA" and "Madden" franchises.
(Reporting by Malathi Nayak; Editing by Andre Grenon)