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Zynga's (ZNGA) Q2 Loss Wider Year Over Year, Revenues Up

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Zynga (ZNGA - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2020 loss of 16 cents per share. The figure was wider than a loss of 6 cents reported in the year-ago quarter.

Revenues surged 56.9% year over year to $452 million driven by strength in live services, and robust growth in international markets.

In particular, contributions from Social Slots portfolio, Words With Friends, CSR2 and Empires & Puzzles drove the top line in the reported quarter.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings and revenues was pegged at 8 cents per share and $503 million, respectively.

Zynga Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Total bookings came in at $543 million, up 54.7% year over year. The upside was driven by strong mobile bookings. The consensus mark for bookings was pegged at $503 million.

Quarter Details

Zynga’s online game revenues (85.9% of total revenues) increased 61.3% year over year to $388.2 million on the back of its five popular franchises — CSR Racing, Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, Empires & Puzzles and Merge Dragons! Along with strong player engagements across titles as a result of coronavirus-induced self-quarantine by users globally.

Meanwhile, Advertising revenues (14.1% of total revenue) and advertisement bookings (11.6% of total bookings) declined 3.5% and 4.5%, respectively year over year to $63.5 million and $63 million. The downside was caused by lower advertising demand as a result of coronavirus lockdown.

Mobile revenues (95.9% of total revenue) and mobile bookings increased 50.9% and 39.1%, respectively year over year to $433 million and $498 million. The increase was driven by robust live services performance.

On a geographic basis, revenues from the United States (61.1% of total revenues) increased 56.8% year over year to $276 million.

Moreover, International revenues (38.9% of total revenues) increased 57.1% to $176 million.

User-Base Details

In the second quarter, user pay revenues were $388 million, up 61% year over year. User pay bookings were $455 million, up 47% year over year.

Zynga’s average mobile daily active users (DAUs) increased 4% year over year to 22 million. The addition of Empires & Puzzles and Merge Magic! was more than offset by declines in older mobile titles such as Zynga Poker and chat games.

Moreover, average mobile monthly active users (MAUs) were flat year over year at 70 million in the reported quarter, primarily due to declines in Zynga Poker, chat games and older mobile titles. This was partially offset by the additions of Empires & Puzzles, Merge Magic! and Merge Dragons!.

Average mobile daily bookings per average mobile DAU (ABPU) rallied 32% year over year to $0.248 in the reported quarter.

Operating Details

GAAP gross margin, as a percentage of revenues, expanded to 60% from 59% in the year-ago quarter due to lower net increase in deferred revenues.

Non-GAAP operating expenses (49.2% of total revenue) increased 13.3% year over year to $222.1 million in the reported quarter primarily, due to increase in sales and market investments.

Non-GAAP research & development (R&D), general & administrative (G&A) and sales & marketing (S&M) expenses increased 0.9%, 22.4% and 18.2% year over year to $66.5 million, $24.8 million and $130.7 million, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA was $70 million compared with $2.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

Balance Sheet

As of Jun 30, 2020, Zynga had cash and cash equivalents & short-term investments of approximately $1.55 billion compared with $1.26 billion as of Mar 31, 2020.

Cash flow provided by operating activities in second-quarter 2020 was $1.45 billion compared with $35.1 million cash flow used in operating activities in first-quarter 2020. Free cash flow was $1.42 billion in the second quarter compared with negative $43.7 million in the previous quarter.

Guidance

For third-quarter 2020, Zynga expects revenues of $445 million and bookings of $620 million.

Management expects the top line to benefit from mobile live services with expected sequential growth across its five forever franchises including full-quarter contributions from Toon Blast, Toy Blast and Merge Magic!.

For 2020, management expects revenues of $1.8 billion and bookings of $2.2 billion.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, Zynga carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

YETI Holdings, Inc. (YETI - Free Report) , TEGNA Inc. (TGNA - Free Report) and WillScot Corporation (WSC - Free Report) are some other better-ranked stocks in the broader Consumer & Discretionary sector. All the three stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

YETI Holdings is set to release quarterly results on Aug 8. Both WillScot and TEGNA are scheduled to report earnings on Aug 10.

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