Activision Blizzard’s ( ATVI Quick Quote ATVI - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2021 non-GAAP earnings of $1.01 per share surged 33.6% year over year. Consolidated revenues decreased 19.7% year over year to $2.26 billion. Adjusting for revenues from non-reportable segments, net effect from the recognition of deferred revenues and elimination of intersegment revenues, total revenues declined 10.4% to $2.16 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings and revenues was pegged at $1.30 per share and $2.78 billion, respectively. For the quarter ended Dec 31, 2021, overall Monthly Active Users (MAUs) were 397 million, up 7% year over year.
Activision Blizzard’s net bookings decreased 18.5% year over year to $2.49 billion. In-game net bookings were $1.24 billion, down 6.3% year over year.
Markedly, on Jan 18, Microsoft ( MSFT Quick Quote MSFT - Free Report) announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. Microsoft will be paying $95.00 per Activision share, with the total transaction value being worth $68.7 billion. The deal is expected to close in the fiscal year 2023. Top-Line Details
Product sales (29.8% of revenues) were $645 million, down 25.5% year over year. In-game, subscriptions and other revenues (70.2% of revenues) decreased 1.9% to $1.52 billion.
Based on distribution channels, Activision Blizzard reported retail channel sales of $125 million fell 46.6% year over year. Digital online revenues of $1.78 billion were up 5% from the year-ago quarter. Other revenues declined 15.4% year over year to $258 million. Further, based on platforms, revenues from mobile and ancillary (38.5% of revenues) rose 17.8% year over year to $833 million. PC revenues (22.9% of revenues) decreased 11.6% year over year to $496 million. Revenues from console (26.6% of revenues) declined 31.4% year over year to $576 million. Other revenues declined 15.4% year over year to $258 million. On a geographic basis, revenues from the Americas (51.4% of revenues) declined 10.8% year over year to $1.11 billion. Europe, the Middle East and Africa revenues (34.7% of revenues) were down 17.5% year over year to $751 million. Revenues from the Asia Pacific (13.9% of revenues) increased 17.2% year over year to $300 million. Segment Details
Activision (51.2% of revenues) revenues decreased 30.2% year over year to $1.16 billion. The division had 128 million MAUs as of Dec 31, 2021, compared with 107 as of Dec 30, 2020.
Blizzard (18.5% of revenues) revenues of $419 million decreased 27.6% from the year-ago quarter. Blizzard had 29 million MAUs as of Dec 31, 2021, compared with 24 million as of Dec 30, 2020. King’s (30.3% of revenues) revenues of $684 million increased 18.5% year over year. MAUs were 240 million as of Dec 31, 2021, unchanged sequentially. Operating Details
Product development expenses contracted 47.6% year over year to $176 million. Sales & marketing expenses were down 20.1% year over year to $270 million.
Moreover, general & administrative expenses were $105 million, down 45.6% year over year. Total costs & expenses on a non-GAAP basis decreased 28% year over year to $1.20 billion in the reported quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income was $963 million, up 28.9% year over year. Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Dec 31, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $10.42 billion compared with $9.72 billion as of Sep 30, 2021.
Long-term debt as of Dec 31, 2021, was $3.61 billion, unchanged from the figure reported as of Sep 30, 2021. Operating cash flow decreased 42% year over year to $661 million. Free cash flow declined 43% year over year to $640 million. On a trailing 12-month basis, free cash flow increased 7% to $2.33 billion. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Activision Blizzard currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Activision’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Consumer Discretionary sector in the past year. The stock is down 14.8% compared with the sector’s decline of 19.5%. Hasbro ( HAS Quick Quote HAS - Free Report) and Gildan Activewear ( GIL Quick Quote GIL - Free Report) are a couple of better-ranked stocks that investors can consider from the broader sector. Both carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. Hasbro’s shares have underperformed the sector in the past year, declining 3.2%. HAS is set to report fourth-quarter 2021 results on Feb 7. Gildan Activewear’s shares have outperformed the sector in the past year, gaining 49.2%. GIL is set to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 results on Feb 23.