Key Developments: Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O)

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Activision Blizzard Inc gives Q3 2014 mixed guidance; raises CY 2014 guidance
Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 04:10pm EDT 

Activision Blizzard Inc:Expects Q3 2014 GAAP net revenues of $650 mln and non-GAAP net revenues of $975 mln.Expects Q3 2014 GAAP EPS of ($0.07)and non-GAAP EPS of $0.11.Expects CY 2014 GAAP net revenues of $4,240 bln, compare to prior GAAP net revenues of $4.220 bln and non-GAAP net revenues of $4,700 bln, compare to prior Non-GAAP net revenues of $4.675 bln.Expects CY 2014 GAAP EPS of $0.91, compare to prior GAAP EPS of $0.89 and non-GAAP EPS of $1.29, compare to prior non-GAAP EPS of $1.27.Q3 2014 revenue of $893 mln and EPS of $0.13 - Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.CY 2014 revenue of $4.709 bln - Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc announces sale of common stock by Vivendi S.A
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 04:15pm EDT 

Activision Blizzard Inc:Says public offering of 41,499,689 shares of its common stock by Vivendi S.A.Offering and sale of shares owned by Vivendi S.A. are being made in accordance with the agreements entered into in connection with the transactions previously announced on July 25, 2013.Offering is expected to close and settle on May 28, 2014.Company will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering of shares by the selling stockholder.Last reported sale price of the company's common stock on May 20, 2014 was $20.83 per share.Barclays and Credit Suisse are acting as joint bookrunning managers and underwriters for the offering.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc gives Q2 2014 mixed guidance; raises CY 2014 guidance
Tuesday, 6 May 2014 04:07pm EDT 

Activision Blizzard Inc:Expects Q2 2014 GAAP net revenues of $910 million and non-GAAP net revenues of $600 million.Expects Q2 2014 GAAP EPS of $0.22 and non-GAAP EPS of $0.01.Expects CY 2014 GAAP net revenues of $4.220 billion, compare to prior GAAP net revenues of $4.000 billion and non-GAAP net revenues of $4.675 billion, compare to prior Non-GAAP net revenues of $4.600 billion.Expects CY 2014 GAAP EPS of $0.89, compare to prior GAAP EPS of $0.76 and non-GAAP EPS of $1.27, compare to prior non-GAAP EPS of $1.26.Q2 2014 revenue of $580 million and EPS of $0.05 - Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.CY 2014 revenue of $4.646 billion - Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc's subsidiary Activision Publishing, Inc unleashes Spider-Man 2 video game
Thursday, 1 May 2014 07:00pm EDT 

Activision Blizzard Inc:Says Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.is set to release Spider-Man 2.All-new single-player, third-person action-adventure video game based on Marvel's beloved Spider-Man character and inspired by the upcoming film of the same name from Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc gives CY, Q1 2014 guidance in line with analysts' estimates
Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 04:04pm EST 

Activision Blizzard Inc:Says CY 2014, it expects GAAP-Net Revenues to be $4.000 billion and Non-GAAP Net revenues to be $4.600 billion and GAAP-EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.76 and Non-GAAP EPS to be $1.26.Says for Q1 2014, it expects GAAP-Net Revenues to be $885 million and Non-GAAP Net revenues to be $675 million and GAAP-EPS is expected to be in the range of $0.15 and Non-GAAP EPS to be $0.09.CY 2014 revenue of $4.648 billion and EPS of $1.27 - Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Q1 2014 revenue of $678 million and EPS of $0.11 - Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc declares dividend
Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 04:04pm EST 

Activision Blizzard Inc:Says it has declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per common share payable on May 14, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Mar. 19, 2014.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc Raises CY 2013 Guidance; Lowers Q4 2013 Guidance
Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 04:05pm EST 

Activision Blizzard Inc announced that for calendar year 2013, it expect GAAP net revenues of $4.320 billion as compared to its previous outlook of $4.310 billion, GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.83 as compared with the Company's previous outlook of $0.80-$0.82 per diluted share, non-GAAP net revenue of $4.285 billion compared with the Company's previous outlook non-GAAP net revenue guidance of $4.250 billion and non GAAP EPS earnings per diluted share of $0.89 as compared with the Company's previous outlook of $0.85-$0.85 per diluted share. For the fourth quarter of 2013, it expects GAAP net revenue of $1.255 billion as compared to its previous outlook of $1.300 billion, GAAP EPS outlook of $0.05 as compared to the Company's previous outlook of $$0.01-$0.04, non-GAAP net revenue of $2.215 billion as compared to the Company's previous outlook of $2.252 billion and non-GAAP EPS of $0.72 as compared to the Company's previous outlook of $0.76-$0.79. According to I/B/E/S Estimates, analysts on an average were expecting the Company to report revenue of $4.288 billion and EPS of $0.89 for calendar year 2013; and revenue of $2.288 billion and EPS of $0.79 for the fourth quarter of 2013.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc Complete Purchase of Company Shares From Vivendi SA
Friday, 11 Oct 2013 03:45pm EDT 

Activision Blizzard, Inc announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of approximately 429 million company shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi SA for approximately $5.83 billion, or $13.60 per share in cash. ASAC II LP, an investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Chairman Brian Kelly, has also completed its purchase of approximately 172 million company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share, in a separate transaction. The shares Activision Blizzard purchased in the transaction will no longer be treated as outstanding, leaving the majority of the remaining 690 million shares in the hands of public shareholders. With the closing of the transaction, ASAC II LP-the investor group which, in addition to Kotick and Kelly, includes Davis Advisors, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., Tencent, and one of the world's largest global institutional investors-now owns approximately 24.7% of the Company. Vivendi has retained 83 million shares, an approximate 12% stake in the Company.  Full Article

Vivendi SA To Finalise Disposal Of Stake In Activision Blizzard Inc-Reuters
Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 01:42pm EDT 

Reuters reported that Vivendi SA said it expected to finalise the disposal of most of its stake in Activision Blizzard Inc in the coming days after the Delaware Supreme Court swept aside a lower court order blocking the $8.2 billion deal.  Full Article

Activision Blizzard Inc's Activision Publishing Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Worlds Inc And Worlds Online Inc
Friday, 4 Oct 2013 07:50pm EDT 

Activision Publishing, Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc, announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Worlds Inc and Worlds Online Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In the suit, Activision claims that Worlds has infringed, and continues to infringe, U.S. Patent No. 6,014,145 entitled "Navigation with optimum viewpoints in three-dimensional workspace interactive displays having three-dimensional objects with collision barriers" and U.S. Patent No. 5,883,628 entitled "Climability: property for objects in 3-D virtual environments." The contested product is software distributed by Worlds called "Worlds Player." Worlds Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Activision Publishing, Inc. on March 30, 2012. That lawsuit is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Full Article

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Former NY mayor to defend 'Call of Duty' maker in Noriega suit

NEW YORK - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will defend Activision Blizzard Inc in a lawsuit the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega filed over his depiction in the company's popular "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" video game.

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