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Electronic Arts Reports

Q4 and Full Year FY19 Financial Results

REDWOOD CITY, CA – May 7, 2019 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced preliminary financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

News and ongoing updates regarding EA and its games are available on EA’s blog at www.ea.com/news.

“FY20 will be a year of continued growth for our industry, and we’re excited to bring more great entertainment to the expanding audience around the world,” said CEO Andrew Wilson. “Players are engaging with games in more ways than ever before. We’re committed to meeting them where they are with a broad portfolio of amazing new games and live services, choice of engagement models including free-to-play and subscriptions, and new opportunities to play, compete and watch.”

“We ended our fiscal year with strong growth, driven by our live services business which continued to provide a very large, stable and profitable source of net bookings,” said COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen. “Looking ahead, we will bring games to an extraordinary variety of players in fiscal 2020 and deliver on our commitment to players with deep live services content for Ultimate Team, Apex Legends, The Sims 4, Anthem and Battlefield V.”

 

Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics

  • Digital net bookings* for the trailing twelve months was $3.722 billion, up 5% year-over-year and represents 75% of total net bookings.
  • During the quarter, launched two new original IP titles, Apex LegendsTM and AnthemTM.
  • During the quarter, launched Firestorm battle royale in Battlefield TM V, the biggest BattlefieldTM live service event ever. 
  • In FY19, more than 45 million unique players engaged in FIFA 19 and FIFA 18 on console and PC.
  • In FY19, active players in The Sims TM 4 increased by 35% year-over-year.

* Net bookings is defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically in the period. Net bookings is calculated by adding total net revenue to the change in deferred net revenue for online-enabled games and, for periods after the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, mobile platform fees.

 

Selected Financial Highlights and Metrics

All financial measures are presented on a GAAP basis.

  • Net cash from operating activities was $599 million for the quarter and $1.547 billion for the trailing twelve months.
  • EA repurchased 3.2 million shares for $301 million during the quarter and 11.0 million shares for $1.192 billion during the trailing twelve months.

 

Impact of Recently Adopted Accounting Standard

At the beginning of fiscal year 2019, April 1, 2018, EA adopted FASB ASU 2014-09 (Topic 606), Revenue from Contracts with Customers. For more information about the adoption of Topic 606, please refer to the Investor Accounting FAQ on our IR website. Financial data for periods prior to April 1, 2018 has not been restated.

 

Quarterly Financial Highlights

The following GAAP-based financial data and tax rate of 18% was used internally by company management to adjust its fiscal 2019 GAAP results in order to assess EA’s operating results:

For more information about the nature of the GAAP-based financial data, please refer to EA’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018.

 

TTM Financial Highlights

The following GAAP-based financial data and tax rate of 18% was used internally by company management to adjust its fiscal 2019 GAAP results in order to assess EA’s operating results:

For more information about the nature of the GAAP-based financial data, please refer to EA’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018.

 

Operating Metric

The following is a calculation of our total net bookings for the periods presented:

Business Outlook as of May 7, 2019

The following forward-looking statements reflect expectations as of May 7, 2019. Electronic Arts assumes no obligation to update these statements, except as required by law. Results may be materially different and are affected by many factors detailed in this release and in EA’s annual and quarterly SEC filings.

 

Fiscal Year 2020 Expectations – Ending March 31, 2020

Financial metrics:

  • Net revenue is expected to be approximately $5.375 billion.
    • Change in deferred net revenue (online-enabled games) is expected to be approximately $(125) million.
    • Mobile platform fees are expected to be approximately $(150) million.
  • Net income is expected to be approximately $2.595 billion. This includes a one-time tax benefit of approximately $1.5 billion (see below).
  • Diluted earnings per share is expected to be approximately $8.56. This includes a one-time tax benefit of approximately $5 per share (see below).
  • Operating cash flow is expected to be approximately $1.575 billion.
  • The Company estimates a share count of 303 million for purposes of calculating fiscal year 2020 diluted earnings per share.

Subsequent to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, EA completed an internal transfer of some of its intellectual property rights to its Swiss subsidiary, where EA’s international business is headquartered. This transfer will result in a one-time tax benefit of between $1.5 billion and $3.9 billion, which will be recognized as a deferred tax asset in EA’s consolidated financial statements for the three months ending June 30, 2019. The recognition of the deferred tax asset will add between $5 to $13 per share to GAAP EPS and the low end of this range has been reflected above in EA’s forecast. The forecast of this one-time tax benefit is preliminary and is dependent on the results of Swiss referendums to be voted on later this month.

 

Operational metric:

  • Net bookings is expected to be approximately $5.100 billion.

In addition, the following outlook for GAAP-based financial data and a long-term tax rate of 18% are used internally by EA to adjust our GAAP expectations to assess EA’s operating results and plan for future periods:    

First Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Expectations – Ending June 30, 2019

Financial metrics:

  • Net revenue is expected to be approximately $1.130 billion.
    • Change in deferred net revenue (online-enabled games) is expected to be approximately $(405) million.
    • Mobile platform fees are expected to be approximately $(35) million.
  • Net income is expected to be approximately $1.765 billion. This includes a one-time tax benefit of approximately $1.5 billion (see above).
  • Diluted earnings per share is expected to be approximately $5.84. This includes a one-time tax benefit of approximately $5 per share (see above).
  • The Company estimates a share count of 302 million for purposes of calculating first quarter fiscal year 2020 diluted earnings per share. Should the first quarter be a loss, the Company will use the basic share count of 299 million for purposes of calculating first quarter fiscal year 2020 earnings per share.

 

Operational metric:

  • Net bookings is expected to be approximately $690 million.

In addition, the following outlook for GAAP-based financial data and a long-term tax rate of 18% are used internally by EA to adjust our GAAP expectations to assess EA’s operating results and plan for future periods:    

For more information about the nature of the GAAP-based financial data, please refer to EA’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018.

 

Conference Call and Supporting Documents

Electronic Arts will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm PT (5:00 pm ET) to review its results for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and its outlook for the future.  During the course of the call, Electronic Arts may disclose material developments affecting its business and/or financial performance.  Listeners may access the conference call live through the following dial-in number (866) 393-4306 (domestic) or (734) 385-2616 (international), using the Conference ID 2997759 or via webcast at EA’s IR Website at http://ir.ea.com.

EA has posted a slide presentation, a financial model of EA’s historical results and guidance, and an Investor Accounting FAQ on EA’s IR Website. After the conference call, EA will also post the prepared remarks and a transcript from the conference call on EA’s IR Website.

A dial-in replay of the conference call will be available until May 21, 2019 at (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) using pin code 2997759. An audio webcast replay of the conference call will be available for one year on EA’s IR Website.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

Some statements set forth in this release, including the information relating to EA’s fiscal 2020 expectations under the heading “Business Outlook as of May 7, 2019,” and other information regarding EA's fiscal 2020 expectations contain forward-looking statements that are subject to change.  Statements including words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate”, “plan”, “predict”, “seek”, “goal”, “will”, “may”, “likely”, “should”, “could” (and the negative of any of these terms), “future” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and reflect management’s current expectations. Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. 

Some of the factors which could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from its expectations include the following: sales of the Company’s products and services; the Company’s ability to develop and support digital products and services, including managing online security and privacy; outages of our products, services or technological infrastructure; the Company’s ability to manage expenses; the competition in the interactive entertainment industry; governmental regulations; the effectiveness of the Company’s sales and marketing programs; timely development and release of the Company’s products and services; the Company’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions; the consumer demand for, and the availability of an adequate supply of console hardware units; the Company’s ability to predict consumer preferences among competing platforms; the Company’s ability to develop and implement new technology; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; general economic conditions; changes in our tax rates or tax laws; and other factors described in Part II, Item 1A of Electronic Arts’ latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q under the heading “Risk Factors”, as well as in other documents we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. 

These forward-looking statements are valid as of May 7, 2019. Electronic Arts assumes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement for any reason, except as required by law. In addition, the preliminary financial results set forth in this release are estimates based on information currently available to Electronic Arts. 

While Electronic Arts believes these estimates are meaningful, they could differ from the actual amounts that Electronic Arts ultimately reports in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.  Electronic Arts assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these estimates prior to filing its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

 

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.

In fiscal year 2019, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.95 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Need for Speed™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

Apex Legends, Anthem, Battlefield, The Sims, EA SPORTS, Need for Speed, Dragon Age, and Plants vs. Zombies are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.

 

For additional information, please contact:

Chris Evenden
Vice President, Investor Relations
650-628-0255
cevenden@ea.com

John Reseburg
Vice President, Corporate Communications
650-628-3601
jreseburg@ea.com

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