Electronic Arts Reports Q3 Loss Bleeding Company of $308 Million

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) posted a $308 million net loss during its fiscal third-quarter ended December 31, 2013. EA called it a "transitional quarter," referring to the fact that both Sony and Microsoft launched next-generation consoles in November. As a result, gamers tempered their spending on software titles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The good news for EA is that it seems to be on solid footing going forward. EA was the top publisher on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, led by Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Need for Speed Rivals. And for the month of December, FIFA 14 and BF4 were the two of the top three best-selling titles across all platforms in the Western World, the publisher said.

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EA's third-quarter net revenue increased 27 percent year-over-year to $517 million, while trailing 12-month digital net revenue reached a record $1.86 billion. In addition, EA's trailing 12-month operating cash flow was $664 million, the highest it's been since 2005.

"In a transitional quarter, EA delivered EPS results above our guidance driven by strong sales of our next-generation console titles, continued growth in our digital games and services, and financial discipline across the business," said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "For our full year outlook, we are lowering our non-GAAP net revenue guidance to $3.91 billion due to the weakness in current generation software, but we are increasing our non-GAAP EPS guidance to $1.30 due to the improvement in our operating profits."

Looking at the whole picture, EA is a long ways from reaching for the panic button. Industry wide game sales have been trending upwards for the past several months, and both the PS4 and Xbox One have been selling well, according to the latest data by NPD Group.
Via:  BusinessWire
JeremiahCarter 10 months ago


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CliffVincent 10 months ago

good they deserve it

JayLim 10 months ago

Wasn't that their intention of what they were trying to achieve?

DanJChiccino 10 months ago

Oh no, $308 million, they'll go broke!

JMeloni 10 months ago


NickModrowski 10 months ago

Should probably read the article before you say "good". Even though it was a loss here, they still have a pretty good financial showing.

NateKeen 10 months ago

Try releasing a flagship game that doesn't crash for the first month.

SmailBuzzby 10 months ago

How about making a NEW game for a change?

Joseph Pianta 10 months ago

I don't feel bad for them. You would think them winning the worst Customer Approval 2 years in a row and counting would give them a heads up that they are doing something wrong.

realneil 9 months ago

[quote user="Joseph Pianta"]You would think them winning the worst Customer Approval 2 years in a row and counting would give them a heads up that they are doing something wrong[/quote]


Heading for a three-peat too. They sux big time.

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