THQ Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 15, 2012--  THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

       

For the Three Months

For the Twelve Months

(in millions, except per share data)

Ended March 31,

Ended March 31,

  2012         2011     2012         2011  

Net Sales - GAAP $ 184.2 $ 124.2 $ 830.8 $ 665.3

Net Sales - Non-GAAP $ 170.7 $ 248.6 $ 835.9 $ 802.3

 

Net Loss - GAAP $ (53.2 ) $ (44.1 ) $ (239.9 ) $ (136.1 )

Net Income (Loss) - Non-GAAP $ (8.0 ) $ 10.5 $ (95.2 ) $ (16.0 )

 

Diluted Loss Per Share - GAAP $ (0.78 ) $ (0.65 ) $ (3.51 ) $ (2.00 )

Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Non-GAAP $ (0.12 ) $ 0.15 $ (1.39 ) $ (0.24 )

 

Financial Highlights

  • Q4 Non-GAAP net sales were $170.7 million, at the high end of revised guidance of $160 - $170 million.
  • Q4 Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share was ($0.12), consistent with revised guidance of ($0.10) –($0.20).
  • The company ended the quarter with $76.0 million in cash and equivalents. The company had no outstanding borrowings on its $50.0 million credit facility, and did not borrow against the facility during the quarter. With its focused product plan, leaner cost structure, cash balance, and existing credit facility, THQ believes it has adequate resources to execute on its plan and deliver its strong multi-year pipeline of games.
  • A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying financial tables, and a supplemental consolidated reconciliation can be found at  http://investor.thq.com.

“We exceeded our initial fourth quarter guidance for net sales, earnings and cash position, driven by high quality core games with a significant digital component, which is the blueprint for our future,” said THQ President and CEO Brian Farrell. “We have made significant changes to our business, and are on track to execute our strategy of delivering quality connected core gaming experiences, beginning with the sequel to the award-winning Darksiders in August.”

FISCAL 2012 HIGHLIGHTS AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Product Highlights

  • With more than 11 million units shipped globally, Saints Row ® is firmly established as THQ’s most successful owned-IP franchise.
    • To date THQ has shipped more than 4.25 million units of  Saints Row ® : The Third™ , which achieved an average Metacritic score of 83. The game has generated the highest digital revenue of any console title in the company’s history.
    • The company announced a standalone franchise extension,  Saints Row ® : The Third™– Enter The Dominatrix™ . Scheduled for release in September 2012, the new story builds upon Saints Row’s signature over-the-top action by dropping the leader of the Saints in a diabolical virtual reality, and includes the most-requested gameplay features from the Saints Rowcommunity.
  • The company announced development of a sequel to its highly-acclaimed PC strategy game, Company of Heroes ® . The original is currently the highest-rated strategy title of all time (with five or more reviews), according to Gamerankings.com, and achieved an average Metacritic score of 93. The sequel takes the game’s action from the Western front of WWII to the frozen frontlines of war inRussia. With a strong post-launch digital content plan,  Company of Heroes ®  2  is scheduled for release in early calendar 2013.
  • THQ’s digital revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $18 million, 44 percent higher than the year-ago quarter. Digital revenues for the four quarters of the 2012 fiscal year were $59 million, 62 percent higher than the 2011 fiscal year.
  • WWE ®  ‘12  has shipped more than 2.2 million units since its launch in November 2011. The successful rebranding of this annual franchise has led to higher sell-through to date, which is up approximately 20 percent on like-for-like platforms in North America versus the year-ago title.
  • The latest installment of the UFC franchise,  UFC ®  Undisputed ®  3 , received highly-favorable critical reviews at launch, achieving an average Metacritic score of 86. To date, THQ has shipped 1.4 million units of the title since its mid-February 2012 launch.

FISCAL 2013 PRODUCT LINEUP

THQ has announced the following core releases scheduled through fiscal 2013:

                                   

Title

Platforms

Planned Release

Darksiders ® II

Console, PC

August 2012

Saints Row ®: The Third™ –

Console, PC

September 2012

Enter The Dominatrix™

Annual WWE Game

Console, PC Q3 FY13

Company of Heroes ® 2

PC Q4 FY13

Metro: Last Light

Console, PC Q4 FY13

South Park: The Game

Console, PC Q4 FY13

 

RESTRUCTURING AND BUSINESS REALIGNMENT

The company exited the traditional kids’ licensed games business, and streamlined its product line, organization, and cost structure to support a smaller company positioned for sustained profitability.

  • The realignment plan, when fully realized in fiscal 2013, is expected to result in a reduction of product development expenditures, selling and marketing expenses, and general and administrative expenses totaling $180 million from the company’s annualized run rate.
  • The company has reduced its future kids’ license commitments by approximately $30 million. In addition, the company is no longer manufacturing software and hardware for the uDraw GameTablet. Based upon sell-through in North America of approximately 84 percent of units shipped, THQ expects to be able to sell its remaining inventory in fiscal ’13 at its current carrying value.
  • During the fiscal fourth quarter, the company recorded approximately $62.8 million in non-GAAP business realignment and related expenses, which include cash costs of approximately $8.4 millionrelated to severance and other employee-related costs, and non-cash charges of approximately$52.6 million related to decisions made to cancel and reconfigure titles.

Investor Conference Call

THQ will host a conference call to discuss fiscal 2012 fourth quarter results and fiscal 2013 first quarter and full year guidance today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Eastern. Please dial (877) 356-8075 domestic or (706) 902-0203 international, conference ID 72879879, to listen to the call or visit the THQ Inc. Investor Relations Home page at  http://investor.thq.com. The online archive of the broadcast will be available approximately two hours after the live call ends. In addition, a telephonic replay of the conference call will be provided approximately two hours after the live call ends through May 17, 2012 by dialing (855) 859-2056 domestically, or (404) 537-3406 internationally, conference ID 72879879.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to results determined in accordance with GAAP, the company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the impact of the following:

  • stock-based compensation expense,
  • certain deferred revenue and related costs,
  • business realignment and related expenses,
  • capitalized interest, and
  • other significant charges and benefits.

Non-GAAP results also include the impact of any foreign currency fluctuations on our available-for-sale investment securities, when classified in equity for GAAP purposes.

For non-GAAP purposes, the company uses a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of 15% to evaluate its operating performance, as well as to forecast, plan and analyze future periods.

THQ may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures it uses. The company excludes these items from its non-GAAP financial measures primarily because its management does not believe they reflect the company's primary business, ongoing operating results or future outlook. THQ's management believes that the use of non-GAAP financial measures provides meaningful supplemental information regarding its financial condition and results of operations, and helps investors compare actual results to its long-term operating goals as well as to its performance in prior periods. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this earnings release have been reconciled to the comparable GAAP results in the accompanying tables, and should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items THQ excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, the company's management uses certain of the non-GAAP financial measures for the following reasons:

Stock-Based Compensation. THQ does not consider stock-based compensation charges when evaluating the performance of its business or formulating its operating plans. Stock-based compensation charges are subject to significant fluctuation outside of the control of management due to the variables used to estimate the fair value of a share-based payment, such as THQ's stock price, interest rates and the volatility of the company's stock price. Further, when considering the impact of equity award grants, THQ places a greater emphasis on the use of such grants as retention tools for long-term stockholder value creation, as well as overall stockholder dilution, rather than the accounting charges associated with such grants.

Deferred Revenue/Costs.  The company defers revenue and related costs from the sale of certain titles that have undelivered elements upon the sale of the game, such as online services, and recognizes that revenue upon the delivery of the undelivered elements or over the estimated service period as applicable. As there is no impact to its operating cash flow, THQ's management excludes the impact of deferred net revenue and related costs when evaluating the company's operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team. In addition, we believe these measures provide a more timely indication of trends in our business, provide comparability with the way our business is measured by analysts, and consistency with industry data sources.

Business Realignment and Related Expenses. Although THQ has incurred business realignment expenses in the past, each charge relates to a discrete event based on a unique set of business objectives. THQ’s management does not believe these charges reflect the company's primary business, ongoing operating results or future outlook. As such, the company believes it is appropriate to exclude these expenses and related charges from its non-GAAP financial measures.

Impact of Capitalized Interest. The company capitalizes interest expense and other financing costs as a component of capitalized software development. THQ's management considers interest cost to be a financing cost in the period in which it is incurred, and thus excludes the impact of the capitalization of interest costs to software development and the subsequent amortization expense when evaluating the company's operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team.

Other significant charges and benefits. THQ does not consider certain significant charges and benefits that are related to discrete events or market conditions to be indicative of ongoing operating results or future outlook. As a result, the company believes it is appropriate to exclude expenses and benefits such as legal settlements or market-related impairments, from its non-GAAP financial measures.

Fiscal Periods

Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday nearest March 31st. For simplicity, we present all fiscal periods as ending on a calendar month end. In fiscal 2012, our fourth quarter and fiscal year ended on March 31, 2012. Our fiscal 2011 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended on April 2, 2011.

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at  http://www.thq.com/. THQ, Company of Heroes, Darksiders, Devils’ Third, Saints Row, Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row: The Third – Enter the Dominatrix and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

THQ Inc. Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ"), including, but not limited to, expectations with respect to its resources and ability to execute on its business plan, future financial expectations and estimated product release dates. These statements are based upon management's current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political, and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products, or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ's financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2011 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and particularly the discussion of trends and risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

 

THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

       

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended

March 31,   March 31,

2012     2011 2012     2011

 

Net sales $ 184,235 $ 124,237 $ 830,841 $ 665,258

Cost of sales:

Product costs 73,655 52,463 353,597 272,021

Software amortization and royalties 90,532 24,711 308,051 129,237

License amortization and royalties 15,731   9,039   74,632   118,287  

Total cost of sales 179,918   86,213   736,280   519,545  

 

Gross profit 4,317 38,024 94,561 145,713

Operating expenses:

Product development 14,681 27,007 89,526 79,374

Selling and marketing 25,073 47,904 189,110 156,075

General and administrative 13,569 12,229 48,712 45,356

Restructuring 1,341   455   6,803   602  

Total operating expenses 54,664 87,595 334,151 281,407

 

Operating loss (50,347 ) (49,571 ) (239,590 ) (135,694 )

Interest and other income (expense), net 999   4,882   5,143   524  

Loss before income taxes (49,348 ) (44,689 ) (234,447 ) (135,170 )

Income taxes 3,890   (633 ) 5,500   928  

Net loss $ (53,238 ) $ (44,056 ) $ (239,947 ) $ (136,098 )

 

 

Loss per share — basic $ (0.78 ) $ (0.65 ) $ (3.51 ) $ (2.00 )

Loss per share — diluted $ (0.78 ) $ (0.65 ) $ (3.51 ) $ (2.00 )

 

Shares used in per share calculation — basic 68,437   68,119   68,369   67,910  

Shares used in per share calculation — diluted 68,437   68,119   68,369   67,910  

 

       

THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Non-GAAP net income (loss) (a)

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

For the Three Months For the Twelve Months

Ended March 31,   Ended March 31,  

2012       2011   2012       2011  

Net sales $ 184,235 $ 124,237 $ 830,841 $ 665,258

Changes in deferred net revenue (13,543 ) 124,316   5,055   137,075  

Non-GAAP net sales $ 170,692   $ 248,553   $ 835,896   $ 802,333  

 

 

For the Three Months For the Twelve Months

Ended March 31,   Ended March 31,  

2012   2011   2012   2011  

Operating loss $ (50,347 ) $ (49,571 ) $ (239,590 ) $ (135,694 )

Non-GAAP adjustments affecting operating loss:

Changes in deferred net revenue (13,543 ) 124,316 5,055 137,075

Changes in deferred cost of sales (12,206 ) (67,262 ) (6,318 ) (68,518 )

Business realignment and related expenses  (b) 64,694 2,232 117,566 13,145

License impairment charges  © — — — 30,296

Stock-based compensation 1,109 2,017 5,762 8,843

Amortization of capitalized interest  (d) 3,293   672   8,022   672  

Total non-GAAP adjustments affecting operating loss 43,347   61,975   130,087   121,513  

Non-GAAP operating income (loss) $ (7,000 ) $ 12,404   $ (109,503 ) $ (14,181 )

 

 

For the Three Months For the Twelve Months

Ended March 31,   Ended March 31,  

2012   2011   2012   2011  

Net loss $ (53,238 ) $ (44,056 ) $ (239,947 ) $ (136,098 )

Non-GAAP adjustments:

Non-GAAP adjustments affecting operating loss 43,347 61,975 130,087 121,513

Gain on sale of investments  (e) — — — (107 )

Capitalized interest expense  (d) (1,511 ) (4,990 ) (6,231 ) (4,990 )

Business realignment and related expenses  (b) (1,897 ) — (1,462 ) —

Interest and other income (expense), net — — — (72 )

Income tax adjustments  (f) 5,301   (2,477 ) 22,308   3,752  

Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ (7,998 ) $ 10,452   $ (95,245 ) $ (16,002 )

 

Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share — diluted  (g) $ (0.12 ) $ 0.15 $ (1.39 ) $ (0.24 )

 

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Notes:

 

          (a) See explanation above regarding the company's practice on reporting non-GAAP financial measures.

(b) Business realignment and related expenses in the three months ended March 31, 2012 reflect actions taken through March 31, 2012 and include: non-cash software development charges of approximately $52.6 million related to decisions made to cancel and reconfigure titles; a net loss of approximately $2.4 million related to license negotiations; $8.4 million of cash charges for severance and other employee-related costs; and a net gain of $0.6 million related to the March 2012 sale of our value PC product line, partially offset by changes in estimates related to contract and lease terminations, and long-lived asset write-offs.

© Included in "Cost of sales-License amortization and royalties" in our GAAP statement of operations for the twelve months ended March 31, 2011 is a $30.3 million impairment charge on kids movie-based licenses.

(d) Represents interest expense capitalized to software development and subsequent amortization.

(e) Realized gains on sales of investments to the extent we had previously excluded a related other-than-temporary impairment from non-GAAP amounts.

(f) For non-GAAP purposes, the company uses a fixed, long-term projected tax rate of 15% to evaluate its operating performance, as well as to forecast, plan and analyze future periods.

(g)

Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share has been calculated using diluted shares before applying the “if-converted” method relative to the Notes issued in August 2009.

 

THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

       

March 31, March 31,

2012 2011

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $ 75,977 $ 85,603

Accounts receivable, net of allowances 17,948 161,574

Inventory 18,485 31,905

Licenses 21,927 32,869

Software development 105,220 222,631

Deferred income taxes 5,732 8,200

Income taxes receivable 687 —

Prepaid expenses and other current assets 46,011   56,908

Total current assets 291,987 599,690

Property and equipment, net 22,132 28,960

Licenses, net of current portion 42,594 85,367

Software development, net of current portion 25,348 49,858

Deferred income taxes — 516

Other long-term assets, net 12,687   10,014

TOTAL ASSETS $ 394,748   $ 774,405

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Accounts payable $ 42,905 $ 100,550

Accrued and other current liabilities 83,088 137,922

Deferred revenue, net 144,686   141,060

Total current liabilities 270,679 379,532

Other long-term liabilities 53,837 88,042

Convertible senior notes 100,000   100,000

Total liabilities 424,516 567,574

Total stockholders' equity (29,768 ) 206,831

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 394,748   $ 774,405

 

       

THQ Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information

(In thousands)

 

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended

Platform Revenue Mix March 31, 2012     March 31, 2011 March 31, 2012     March 31, 2011

Consoles                  

Microsoft Xbox 360 $ 56,905 33.3 % $ 91,223 36.7 % $ 306,423 36.7 % $ 201,851 25.2 %

Sony PlayStation 3 50,690 29.7 64,190 25.8 229,220 27.4

170,811

21.3

Nintendo Wii 21,794 12.8 46,546 18.7 119,546 14.3

220,140

27.4

Sony PlayStation 2 370   0.2   4,361   1.8   3,329   0.4   24,194   3.0  

129,759   76.0   206,320   83.0   658,518   78.8   616,996   76.9  

Handheld

Nintendo Dual Screen 28,954 17.0 11,969 4.8 110,070 13.2 97,869 12.2

Sony PlayStation Portable 1,398 0.8 5,495 2.2 7,727 0.9 29,777 3.7

Wireless 887   0.5   759   0.3   2,709   0.3   5,551   0.7  

31,239   18.3   18,223   7.3   120,506   14.4   133,197   16.6  

 

PC 9,694   5.7   24,010   9.7   56,872   6.8   52,140   6.5  

Non-GAAP net sales 170,692 100.0 % 248,553 100.0 % 835,896 100.0 % 802,333 100.0 %

Changes in deferred net revenue 13,543   (124,316 ) (5,055 ) (137,075 )

Net sales $ 184,235   $ 124,237   $ 830,841   $ 665,258  

 

Geographic Revenue Mix

Domestic $ 121,606 71.2 % $ 137,657 55.4 % $ 515,597 61.7 % $ 524,498 65.4 %

Foreign 49,086   28.8   110,896   44.6   320,299   38.3   277,835   34.6  

Non-GAAP net sales 170,692 100.0 % 248,553 100.0 % 835,896 100.0 % 802,333 100.0 %

Changes in deferred net revenue 13,543   (124,316 ) (5,055 ) (137,075 )

Net sales $ 184,235   $ 124,237   $ 830,841   $ 665,258  

 

Source: THQ Inc.

 

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