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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2012

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Net Revenue was $107.0 Million</i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i>Non-GAAP Net Loss Per Share was $0.47</i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i>Company Reiterates Financial Outlook for Fiscal Year 2012</i> </p>

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 201216:05 EST Tuesday, November 08, 2011 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today reported better-than-expected results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2012, ended September 30, 2011. In addition, the Company reiterated its financial outlook for the fiscal year 2012, ending March 31, 2012, and provided its initial financial outlook for the third quarter ending December 31, 2011. For the second quarter of fiscal 2012, net revenue was $107.0 million, as compared to $245.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011, which had benefited from the releases of Mafia II and Sid Meier's Civilization V, and the post-launch performance of Red Dead Redemption. GAAP loss from continuing operations was $47.3 million, or $0.57 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, as compared to GAAP income from continuing operations of $8.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net loss was $39.4 million, or $0.47 per share, as compared to Non-GAAP net income of $18.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. The strongest contributors to net revenue in the second quarter this year were catalog titles and digitally delivered content. Catalog sales were led by the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands, Sid Meier's Civilization V, Midnight Club Los Angeles, and NBA® 2K11. New title sales were led by L.A. Noire, MLB® 2K11, and Nicktoons MLB. Digitally delivered content accounted for 25% of net revenue, driven by offerings for the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Borderlands, Red Dead Redemption and the Sid Meier's Civilization franchise. For the six-month period ended September 30, 2011, net revenue was $441.4 million, as compared to $620.4 million for the year-ago period. GAAP loss from continuing operations was $55.9 million, or $0.68 per share, as compared to GAAP income from continuing operations of $35.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. Non-GAAP net loss was $37.4 million, or $0.45 per share, as compared to Non-GAAP net income $59.3 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. Management Comments “Our second quarter results exceeded expectations, driven by strong demand for the Company's catalog offerings and digitally delivered add-on content that deepens the consumer experience,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “The second half of the year is off to a solid start with the launch of NBA 2K12, which received the highest ratings in the history of our industry-leading basketball series. We expect to build upon this momentum through the balance of this year with groundbreaking new releases from our portfolio of hit franchises, including Max Payne 3 from Rockstar Games and The Darkness II from 2K Games, and a broad array of other offerings that promise to delight audiences worldwide – whether at home or on the go. “Looking ahead, Take-Two has the strongest development pipeline in the Company's history. At the cornerstone of our stellar lineup is the recently announced next installment of Rockstar Games' iconic franchise that has sold-in more than 114 million units – Grand Theft Auto V. The creative team at Rockstar Games continues to set benchmarks for excellence with every new release and we're confident that consumers' enthusiasm will be rewarded with a breathtaking entertainment experience that can only be provided by Grand Theft Auto. “With our diverse lineup of industry-leading franchises and focus on operational excellence, we continue to expect fiscal 2012 to be another profitable year for Take-Two on a Non-GAAP basis and fiscal 2013 to be one of our best years ever, with Non-GAAP net income in excess of $2.00 per diluted share.” Business and Product Highlights Since July 1, 2011: Take-Two Interactive amended its senior secured revolving credit facility on significantly improved terms. As amended, the credit facility provides for borrowings of up to $100 million, plus an additional $40 million accordion feature, for a period of five-years. The credit facility may be used to fund working capital, letters of credit and for other general corporate purposes. 2K Games launched the Company's first social game, Sid Meier's Civilization World, for Facebook. The title was developed by Firaxis Games. 2K Games announced that Borderlands 2, the next installment in the franchise that has sold-in over 5 million units worldwide, is currently in development with Gearbox Software and expected to launch in fiscal year 2013. Rockstar Games announced that Max Payne 3 is planned for release in March 2012. 2K Games released the Sid Meier's Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition for PC, featuring the standalone title and all previously released downloadable content. The strategy franchise has sold-in nearly 11 million units worldwide. 2K Sports released NBA 2K12 to critical acclaim and the highest review scores in the history of the franchise (91 – Metacritic). The game will be supported with the Legends Showcase downloadable content during the 2011 holiday season. The label also released NBA 2K12 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Rockstar Games released the Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition, featuring the standalone title and all previously released add-on content. The Red Dead franchise has sold-in over 13 million units worldwide. Rockstar Games announced that it plans to release a special edition of Grand Theft Auto III for mobile phones and tablets running iOS and Android during the fall in celebration of the game's 10th anniversary. Rockstar Games announced that Grand Theft Auto V, the next installment in the interactive entertainment industry's most iconic and critically acclaimed franchise, is currently in full development. 2K Sports announced that Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tigers pitcher who was selected as the Players Choice Award winner for Player of the Year and American League Outstanding Pitcher, will be the cover athlete for Major League Baseball 2K12 when it launches in March 2012. Rockstar Games released L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition for the PC, featuring all previously released downloadable content. This special edition is also planned for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 15, 2011 in North America and November 18, 2011 internationally. L.A. Noire has sold-in more than 4 million units worldwide since its launch. 2K Games now expects to release XCOM during fiscal 2013. Financial Outlook for Fiscal 2012 Take-Two is reiterating its financial outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 as set forth below. This outlook reflects the Company's better-than-expected second quarter results and strong outlook for the second half of the year, balanced against the change in the expected release date for XCOM from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013. In addition, the Company is providing its initial financial outlook for the third quarter ending December 31, 2011:         Third QuarterFiscal YearEnding 12/31/2011     Ending 3/31/2012Revenue $225 to $275 Million $1.0 to $1.1 Billion   Non-GAAP Net Income per diluted share $0.20 to $0.30 $0.10 to $0.35   Stock-based compensationexpense per share (a) $0.08 $0.38   Non-cash interest expenserelated to convertible debt $0.02 $0.09   Expenses related to reorganizationand unusual legal matters $0.00 $0.01   Non-cash tax expense $0.00 $0.02   (a)   The Company's stock-based compensation expense for the periods above includes the cost of approximately 3.7 million shares issued to ZelnickMedia that are subject to variable accounting. Actual expense to be recorded in connection with these shares is dependent upon several factors, including future changes in Take-Two's stock price. Key assumptions and dependencies underlying the Company's guidance include continued consumer acceptance of current generation video game and computer entertainment systems; the ability to develop and publish products that capture market share for these systems; the timely delivery of the titles detailed in this release; and stable foreign exchange rates. See also “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements” below. Product Releases The following titles were released since July 1, 2011:           Title     Platforms     Release DateL.A. Noire: Reefer Madness Case (DLC)   Xbox 360, PS3 July 12, 2011 Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do: Coastermania (DLC) Kinect for Xbox 360 July 19, 2011 Sid Meier's Pirates! iOS July 21, 2011 Sid Meier's Civilization V: Korea (DLC) PC August 11, 2011 Sid Meier's Civilization V: Wonders of the Ancient World (DLC) PC August 11, 2011 Nicktoons MLB Kinect for Xbox 360, Wii, DS September 13, 2011 Red Dead Redemption: Myths and Mavericks (DLC) Xbox 360, PS3 September 13, 2011 Sid Meier's Civilization V: Game of the Year Edition PC September 26, 2011 NBA 2K12 Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC, iOS October 4, 2011 Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition Xbox 360, PS3 October 11, 2011* Duke Nukem Forever: Hail to the Icons Parody Pack (DLC) Xbox 360, PS3, PC October 11, 2011 Dora and Kai-Lan's Pet Shelter DS November 1, 2011 Team Umizoomi DS November 1, 2011 Let's Cheer! Kinect for Xbox 360 November 7, 2011 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC November 8, 2011* Nickelodeon Dance Kinect for Xbox 360, Wii November 8, 2011   *North American release date; international release date three days after.   Take-Two's lineup of future titles announced to date includes:           Title     Platforms     Planned Release L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition Xbox 360, PS3 November 15, 2011* Carnival Games: Wild West 3D 3DS November 21, 2011 Grand Theft Auto III – 10th Anniversary Edition iOS, Android Fall 2011 NBA 2K12: Legends Showcase (DLC) Xbox 360, PS3 Holiday 2011 The Darkness II Xbox 360, PS3, PC February 7, 2012* Max Payne 3 Xbox 360, PS3, PC March 2012 Major League Baseball 2K12 Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS, PC March 2012 BioShock Infinite Xbox 360, PS3, PC Calendar Year 2012 Spec Ops: The Line Xbox 360, PS3, PC First Half Fiscal ‘13 Borderlands 2 Xbox 360, PS3, PC Fiscal Year 2013 XCOM Xbox 360, PS3, PC Fiscal Year 2013 Grand Theft Auto V TBA TBA   *North American release date; international release follows three days after.   Conference Call Take-Two will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to review these results and discuss other topics. The call can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-0984 or (201) 689-8577. A live listen-only webcast of the call will be available by visiting http://ir.take2games.com and a replay will be available following the call at the same location. Non-GAAP Financial Measures In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses Non-GAAP measures of financial performance that exclude certain non-recurring or non-cash items. Non-GAAP gross profit, income (loss) from operations, net income (loss), and earnings (loss) per share are measures that exclude certain non-recurring or non-cash items and should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP. They are not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These Non-GAAP financial measures may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company believes that these Non-GAAP financial measures, when taken into consideration with the corresponding GAAP financial measures, are important in gaining an understanding of the Company's ongoing business. These Non-GAAP financial measures also provide for comparative results from period to period. Therefore, the Company believes it is appropriate to exclude certain items as follows: Stock-based compensation – the Company does not consider stock-based compensation charges when evaluating business performance and management does not contemplate stock-based compensation expense in its short- and long-term operating plans. As a result, the Company has excluded such expenses from its Non-GAAP financial measures. Business reorganization, restructuring and related expenses – the Company does not engage in reorganization activities on a regular basis and therefore believes it is appropriate to exclude business reorganization, restructuring and related expenses from its Non-GAAP financial measures. Income (loss) from discontinued operations – the Company does not engage in sales of subsidiaries on a regular basis and therefore believes it is appropriate to exclude such gains (losses) from its Non-GAAP financial measures. As the Company is no longer active in its discontinued operations, it believes it is appropriate to exclude income (losses) thereon from its Non-GAAP financial measures. Professional fees and expenses associated with unusual legal and other matters – the Company has incurred expenses for professional fees and has accrued for legal settlements that are outside its ordinary course of business. As a result, the Company has excluded such expenses from its Non-GAAP financial measures. Non-cash interest expense related to convertible debt – The Company records non-cash interest expense on its convertible notes in addition to the interest expense already recorded for coupon payments. The Company excludes the non-cash portion of the interest expense from its Non-GAAP financial measures because these amounts are unrelated to its ongoing business operations. Non-cash tax expense for the impact of deferred tax liabilities associated with tax deductible amortization of goodwill – due to the nature of the adjustment as well as the expectation that it will not have any cash impact in the foreseeable future, the Company believes it is appropriate to exclude this expense from its Non-GAAP financial measures.About Take-Two Interactive Software Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products through its two wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, which publishes its titles under the 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play brands. Our products are designed for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com. All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws and may be identified by words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "projects," "seeks," "will," or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for the Company's future business and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: our dependence on key management and product development personnel, our dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to develop other hit titles for current generation platforms, the timely release and significant market acceptance of our games, the ability to maintain acceptable pricing levels on our games, our ability to raise capital if needed and risks associated with international operations. Other important factors and information are contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, in the section entitled "Risk Factors," and the Company's other periodic filings with the SEC, which can be accessed at www.take2games.com. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and apply only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.   TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. and SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)(in thousands, except per share amounts)             Three months ended September 30,Six months ended September 30,2011201020112010     Net revenue $107,034   $ 244,972   $441,414   $ 620,362     Cost of goods sold: Product costs 40,137 67,026 138,588 168,103 Software development costs and royalties 17,248 44,592 101,850 108,630 Internal royalties 6,579 15,803 23,091 83,265 Licenses   10,739     9,221     22,393     20,690   Total cost of goods sold   74,703     136,642     285,922     380,688     Gross profit 32,331 108,330 155,492 239,674   Selling and marketing 28,773 46,602 103,456 96,407 General and administrative 25,785 26,620 56,362 52,822 Research and development 15,998 18,074 32,517 34,255 Depreciation and amortization   3,284     4,005     6,529     7,770   Total operating expenses   73,840     95,301     198,864     191,254   Income (loss) from operations (41,509) 13,029 (43,372) 48,420 Interest and other, net   (4,333)   (1,644 )   (8,013)   (6,382 ) Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (45,842) 11,385 (51,385) 42,038 Provision for income taxes   1,419     3,347     4,495     6,638   Income (loss) from continuing operations (47,261) 8,038 (55,880) 35,400 Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (110)   (4,699 )   (204)   (5,747 ) Net income (loss) $(47,371) $ 3,339   $(56,084) $ 29,653     Earnings (loss) per share: Continuing operations $(0.57) $ 0.09 $(0.68) $ 0.41 Discontinued operations   -     (0.05 )   -     (0.06 ) Basic earnings (loss) per share $(0.57) $ 0.04   $(0.68) $ 0.35     Continuing operations $(0.57) $ 0.09 $(0.68) $ 0.41 Discontinued operations   -     (0.05 )   -     (0.06 ) Diluted earnings (loss) per share $(0.57) $ 0.04   $(0.68) $ 0.35     Weighted average shares outstanding: (1)         Basic 82,940 85,580 82,722 85,534 Diluted   82,940     85,580     82,722     85,534     (1) Basic and diluted include participating shares of 5,786 and 5,968 for the three and six months ended September 30, 2010, respectively.   Three months ended September 30,   Six months ended September 30,OTHER INFORMATION2011201020112010   Geographic revenue mix North America 52% 49 % 52% 53 % International 48% 51 % 48% 47 %   Platform revenue mix Microsoft Xbox 360 39% 32 % 47% 40 % Sony PlayStation 3 30% 36 % 38% 42 % PC 14% 19 % 9% 10 % Sony PSP 4% 2 % 2% 2 % Nintendo Wii 4% 5 % 1% 3 % Nintendo DS 4% 3 % 1% 2 % Sony PlayStation 2 3% 2 % 1% 1 % Other 2% 1 % 1% 0 %       TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. and SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in thousands, except per share amounts)         September 30,March 31,20112011   ASSETS(Unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $269,740 $ 280,359 Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $17,434 and $42,900 at September 30, 2011 and March 31, 2011, respectively 19,572 84,217 Inventory 45,077 24,578 Software development costs and licenses 150,373 131,676 Prepaid taxes and taxes receivable 5,834 8,280 Prepaid expenses and other   55,343     37,493   Total current assets   545,939     566,603     Fixed assets, net 18,107 19,632 Software development costs and licenses, net of current portion 122,676 138,320 Goodwill 225,729 225,170 Other intangibles, net 16,735 17,833 Other assets   2,730     4,101   Total assets $931,916   $ 971,659     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $90,331 $ 56,153 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 126,931 158,459 Deferred revenue 17,193 13,434 Liabilities of discontinued operations   1,060     2,842   Total current liabilities   235,515     230,888     Long-term debt 111,299 107,239 Income taxes payable 13,498 12,037 Other long-term liabilities 3,117 2,961 Liabilities of discontinued operations, net of current portion   2,605     3,255   Total liabilities   366,034     356,380   Commitments and contingencies   Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 5,000 shares authorized - - Common stock, $.01 par value, 150,000 shares authorized; 86,366 and 86,119 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2011 and March 31, 2011, respectively 864 861 Additional paid-in capital 722,406 706,482 Accumulated deficit (158,607) (102,523 ) Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,219     10,459   Total stockholders' equity   565,882     615,279   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $931,916   $ 971,659         TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. and SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)(in thousands)   Six months ended September 30,2011     2010   Operating activities: Net income (loss) $(56,084) $ 29,653 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities: Amortization and impairment of software development costs and licenses 84,361 92,409 Depreciation and amortization 6,529 7,770 Loss from discontinued operations 204 5,747 Amortization and impairment of intellectual property 716 1,743 Stock-based compensation 12,660 17,714 Amortization of discount on Convertible Notes 4,060 3,568 Amortization of debt issuance costs 626 626 Other, net 91 (1,033 ) Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effect from purchases of businesses: Accounts receivable 64,645 (30,515 ) Inventory (20,499) (21,406 ) Software development costs and licenses (87,584) (83,531 ) Prepaid expenses, other current and other non-current assets (14,734) (29,691 ) Deferred revenue 3,759 2,009 Accounts payable, accrued expenses, income taxes payable and other liabilities (7,821) 78,251 Net cash used in discontinued operations   (1,161)   (8,067 ) Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   (10,232)   65,247     Investing activities: Purchase of fixed assets (4,780) (5,674 ) Settlement of purchase price related to discontinued operations (1,475) - Cash received from sale of business - 3,075 Payments in connection with business combinations, net of cash acquired   -     (1,000 ) Net cash used in investing activities   (6,255)   (3,599 )   Financing activities: Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options   195     87   Net cash provided by financing activities   195     87     Effects of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents   5,673     (2,754 )   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (10,619) 58,981 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   280,359     145,838   Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $269,740   $ 204,819         TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC. and SUBSIDIARIESRECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO Non-GAAP MEASURES (Unaudited)(in thousands, except per share amounts)             Three Months Ended September 30,Six Months Ended September 30,2011201020112010Gross ProfitGAAP Gross Profit$32,331 $ 108,330 $155,492 $ 239,674 Stock-based compensation   381     1,788     3,585     8,008   Non-GAAP Gross Profit$32,712   $ 110,118   $159,077   $ 247,682     Income (Loss) from OperationsGAAP Income (Loss) from Operations$(41,509) $ 13,029 $(43,372) $ 48,420 Stock-based compensation 4,612 6,493 12,660 17,714 Business reorganization and related 768 1,713 768 1,713 Professional fees and legal matters   -     (113 )   176     (52 ) Non-GAAP Income (Loss) from Operations$(36,129) $ 21,122   $(29,768) $ 67,795     Net Income (Loss)GAAP Net Income (Loss)$(47,371) $ 3,339 $(56,084) $ 29,653 Discontinued operations 110 4,699 204 5,747 Stock-based compensation 4,612 6,493 12,660 17,714 Professional fees and legal matters - (113 ) 176 (52 ) Business reorganization and related 768 1,713 768 1,713 Non-cash interest expense 2,063 1,813 4,060 3,568 Non-cash tax expense   466     467     821     921   Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss)$(39,352) $ 18,411   $(37,395) $ 59,264     Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share (1) GAAP earnings (loss) per share $(0.57) $ 0.04 $(0.68) $ 0.35 Non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share $(0.47) $ 0.20 $(0.45) $ 0.64   Number of diluted shares used in computation (2) GAAP 82,940 85,580 82,722 85,534 Non-GAAP 82,940 98,507 82,722 98,461     (1)   For the three and six months ended September 30, 2010, Non-GAAP diluted EPS has been calculated using the “if-converted” method as a result of the Convertible Senior Notes ("Convertible Notes") issued in June 2009. Non-GAAP net income used for computing Non-GAAP diluted EPS has been adjusted by $1,679 and $3,326, respectively. The shares used for computing includes 12,927 shares related to the potential dilution from the Convertible Notes.   (2)For the three and six months ended September 30, 2010, the diluted shares used in the computation of GAAP and Non-GAAP EPS include participating shares of 5,786 and 5,968, respectively.Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.Investor Relations:Henry A. Diamond, 646-536-3005Senior Vice PresidentInvestor Relations & Corporate CommunicationsHenry.Diamond@take2games.comorCorporate Press:Alan Lewis, 646-536-2983Vice PresidentCorporate Communications & Public AffairsAlan.Lewis@take2games.com