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Electronic Arts Reports

Q1 FY20 Financial Results

REDWOOD CITY, CA – July 30, 2019 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced preliminary financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019.

“We had a strong start to FY20, bringing rich new experiences to our growing communities for Apex Legends, EA SPORTS, The Sims and more,” said CEO Andrew Wilson. “From great new games to live services with longevity, subscriptions on more platforms and competitive gaming for more franchises, we’re pushing to lead with innovation, quality and choice for our players.”

“We delivered operating results significantly above our expectations, driven by broad strength across our core franchises. This quarter shows how the power of our portfolio strategy, combined with live services, delivers strong results,” said COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen. “We believe we have the right ingredients in place to deliver fun for our players and success for our business.”

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

 

Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics

  • Digital net bookings* for the trailing twelve months was $3.730 billion, up 5% year-over-year and represents 76% of total net bookings.
  • During the quarter, FIFA Ultimate Team™ had more than three million players logging in daily during the Team of the Season in-game event.
  • During the quarter, The Sims 4™ expansion packs and game pack downloads increased 55% year-over-year.
  • At quarter end, Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes had nearly 80 million players life-to-date.
  • Season 2 in Apex Legends™ began on July 2.
  • On July 24, EA Access launched on PlayStation® 4.

* 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 mobile platform fees.

 

Selected Financial Highlights and Metrics

  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $158 million for the quarter and $1.585 billion for the trailing twelve months.
  • EA repurchased 3.2 million shares for $305 million during the quarter, bringing the total to 11.9 million shares for $1.197 billion during the trailing twelve months.

 

Impact of Certain Tax Matters

During the three months ended June 30, 2019, three separate tax events occurred:

  1. EA completed an internal transfer of some of its intellectual property rights to its Swiss subsidiary, where EA’s international business is headquartered;
  2. A decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Altera Corp. v. Commissioner regarding stock-based compensation expenses required EA to record a tax accrual; and  
  3. A referendum was passed in Switzerland, which will change the Swiss income tax rates once enacted.

As a result of these events, EA expects to recognize an income tax benefit of $1.700 billion, or $5.61 of earnings per share, during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. EA recognized $1.080 billion of this income tax benefit during the three months ended June 30, 2019 and expects to recognize the remaining $620 million once the referendum is enacted, which we expect during the three months ending September 30, 2019.

 

Quarterly Financial Highlights

The following GAAP-based financial data and tax rate of 18% was used internally by company management to adjust its 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-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

 

Trailing Twelve Months Financial Highlights

The following GAAP-based financial data and tax rate of 18% was used internally by company management to adjust its 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-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

 

Operating Metric

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

Business Outlook as of July 30, 2019

The following forward-looking statements reflect expectations as of July 30, 2019. Electronic Arts assumes no obligation to update these statements. 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 $2.795 billion, approximately $1.700 billion of which is related to the income tax benefits discussed above.
  • Diluted earnings per share is expected to be approximately $9.22, approximately $5.61 of which is related to the income tax benefits discussed above.
  • 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.

 

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:

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Expectations – Ending September 30, 2019

Financial metrics:

  • Net revenue is expected to be approximately $1.315 billion.
    • Change in deferred net revenue (online-enabled games) is expected to be approximately $(50) million.
    • Mobile platform fees are expected to be approximately $(35) million.
  • Net income is expected to be approximately $776 million, approximately $620 million of which is related to the income tax benefits discussed above.
  • Diluted earnings per share is expected to be approximately $2.60, approximately $2.08 of which is related to the income tax benefits discussed above.
  • The Company estimates a share count of 298 million for purposes of calculating second quarter fiscal year 2020 diluted earnings per share.

 

Operational metric:

  • Net bookings is expected to be approximately $1.230 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:

For more information about the nature of the GAAP-based financial data, please refer to EA’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

 

Conference Call and Supporting Documents

Electronic Arts will host a conference call on July 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm PT (5:00 pm ET) to review its results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 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 code 9998462 or via webcast at EA’s IR Website at http://ir.ea.com.

EA has posted a slide presentation with a financial model of EA’s historical results and guidance and an Investor Accounting FAQ document on EA’s IR Website. 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 August 13, 2019 at 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) using pin code 9998462. 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 July 30, 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 and 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 I, Item 1A of Electronic Arts’ latest Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading “Risk Factors”, as well as in other documents we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are current as of July 30, 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019.  Electronic Arts assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these estimates prior to filing its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 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 EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

EA SPORTS, Ultimate Team, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Apex Legends, The Sims 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. STAR WARS © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. 

 

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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