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Attendees play the Activision Blizzard Inc. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game at the company’s booth during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Activision Blizzard reported mixed fourth-quarter results Tuesday and offered weak guidance for the first half of 2019. Shares fell as much as 5 percent in extended trading before gaining as much as 2 percent.
Here’s how the company did compared with what Wall Street was expecting:
- EPS: $1.29 adjusted vs. $1.28 estimated by Refinitiv
- Revs. $2.84 billion vs. $3.04 billion estimated by Refinitiv
Activision Blizzard expects first-quarter earnings per share of 20 cents per share — less than half what Wall Street was looking for — on revenue of $1.18 billion. Refinitiv consensus estimates projected EPS of 46 cents per share on revenue of $1.45 billion for Q1 2019.
The company expects full-year 2019 guidance of $2.10 per share on $6.30 billion in revenue, compared with analyst estimates of $2.54 per share on $7.25 billion in revenue, according to Refinitiv.
The company’s net bookings are expected to drop in 2019 to $6.30 billion, down from $7.26 billion during 2018 and $7.16 billion during 2017.
The gaming company has revealed headwinds in recent weeks, reportedly planning hundreds of layoffs in response to sluggish sales. Activision Blizzard didn’t offer an update on potential layoffs in its earnings release.
The company publishes popular game titles like “Call of Duty,” “Diablo” and “Warcraft,” and last month split from game studio Bungie, relinquishing rights to the “Destiny” game franchise.
The gaming industry is feeling increasing pressure from free-to-play competitor “Fortnite.” Last week, EA and Take-Two Interactive lost 13 percent and 14 percent respectively in a single day after revealing increased competition.
Shares of Activision have lost nearly 50 percent of their value since hitting a 52-week intraday high of $84.68 in October. The stock surged 4 percent Tuesday ahead of the earnings report.
The company has also seen a series of high-profile executive shakeups in recent months. Its former chief financial officer, Spencer Neumann, was hired as CFO at Netflix.
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