MIDLOTHIAN, Va., May 27, 2011 - SouthPeak Interactive Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: SOPK), today announced financial results for the fiscal 2011 third quarter ended March 31, 2011.
Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Financial Highlights
- <*>Net revenues of $16.1 million, compared with $7.5 million in the comparable period in fiscal 2010*> <*>Total operating expenses, excluding one-time gains, decreased by 17% to $3.3 million, compared with $4.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010*> <*>GAAP net income was $3.2 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to $0.2 million, or $0.004 per share in the comparable period in fiscal 2010*> <*>Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $4.9 million, compared with an adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 million in the prior fiscal year period*>
Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 and Recent Business Highlights
- <*>Successfully launched Two Worlds™ II for the PlayStation 3® and Xbox 360®*> <*>Regained momentum for the My Baby franchise*> <*>Launched first Android Tablet game with partner NVIDIA Corporation*> <*>Three titles approved for digital release on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network Games on Demand service for the Xbox 360*>
"We are pleased with the results of the quarter which included the successful launch of Two Worlds II on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms and a resurgence in sales of our My Baby franchise," said Melanie Mroz, CEO of SouthPeak. "During the quarter we continued to make great progress on our digital strategy, including the launch of our first title with our partner NVIDIA Corporation, Monster Madness, one of the first games to fully utilize the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 chip and developed on the Epic Unreal® 3 Engine. In addition to launching future titles with NVIDIA Corporation, we will look to advance our digital initiative with publishing some of our most successful boxed product titles on the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network Games on Demand service for the Xbox 360," Mroz concluded.
Terry Phillips, Chairman of SouthPeak, added, "During the quarter we experienced success with the release of Two Worlds II, and have seen enthusiastic anticipation for the upcoming Stronghold 3 release. This validates our approach of focusing on titles with strong brand recognition and awareness. We are also excited by the continued interest in our catalog titles, and believe our catalog to be a stable base of business which complements our new releases."
Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Financial Summary
For the third quarter ended March 31, 2011, SouthPeak reported net revenues of $16.1 million, compared with $7.5 million in the third quarter ended March 31, 2010. The increase in revenues was primarily due to an increase in the number of units shipped in the fiscal 2011 period. Average net revenue per videogame unit sold increased 109%, from $14.09 to $29.47 for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
For the three months ended March 31, 2011 gross profit increased to $8.3 million, or 52% of revenues, from $0.4 million, or 5% of revenues, in the comparable period in 2010.
Total operating expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 decreased by 17% to $3.3 million, compared with $4.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010, excluding the benefits from one-time gains related to the extinguishment or settlement of debt and other obligations. The decrease in operating expenses for the fiscal 2011 period was due primarily to a 49% reduction in general and administrative expenses to $1.4 million, compared with $2.7 million in the comparable prior year period. This reduction was offset in part by an increase in sales and marketing costs of 65% to $1.6 million from $1.0 million in the same period during fiscal 2010, which was directly attributable to the release of Two Worlds II.
GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $3.2 million, or $0.06 per share based on 57.4 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to $0.2 million, or $0.004 per share, based on 45.3 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $4.9, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 million in the prior fiscal year period.
About SouthPeak Interactive Corporation
SouthPeak Interactive Corporation develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software for all current hardware platforms including: PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP®go system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo DSi™ and PC. SouthPeak's games cover all major genres including action/adventure, role playing, racing, puzzle strategy, fighting and combat. SouthPeak's products are sold in retail outlets in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. SouthPeak is headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, and has offices in Grapevine, Texas and Leicester, England.
SouthPeak's extensive portfolio of over 50 interactive entertainment games spans a variety of platforms and genres including RPG, simulation, FPS, sports, strategy, puzzle and fighting.
SouthPeak is a registered trademark of SouthPeak Interactive Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
This release contains "forward-looking" statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These are statements that are predictive in nature. This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, SouthPeak's expectations and assumptions concerning future financial performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future results to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be significantly impacted by certain risks and uncertainties described in SouthPeak's filings with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, for factors potentially affecting the Company's future financial results.