Video game maker Electronic Arts’ fiscal second quarter 2020 earnings declined from the year-ago quarter, and also missed some analysts’ expectations. Revenue, however, increased year-over-year.
The company’s revenues climbed +4.8% from the prior-year quarter to $1.35 billion. While Product revenues (42.1% of total revenues) fell - 8.8%, Service and other revenues (57.9% of total revenues) surged +17.6%.
Adjusted earnings came in at 78 cents per share (which excluded tax benefits worth $2.11). The company had reported earnings of 83 cents per share in the year-ago quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings was 85 cents.
EA’s digital revenues (68.4% of total revenues) increased +18.2% year over year. Packaged goods and other segment revenues (31.6% of total revenues) declined -15.8%.
Digital net bookings were +24% higher from the year-ago quarter.
Gross margin in the quarter expanded +250 basis points on a year-over-year basis to 70%.
For the third quarter of fiscal 2020, EA expects GAAP revenues of $1.510 billion, and net bookings of $1.940 billion.
Looking farther ahead, the company projects fiscal full-year 2020 GAAP revenues to be $5.410 billion and net bookings to be $5.125 billion. It expects digital net revenues of $4.230 billion. Packaged goods & other net revenues are anticipated to be $1.180 billion.
Management continues to expect The Sims 4 and Apex Legends to deliver net bookings of $300-$400 million each.
EA has forecasted earnings to be $9.57 per share for the year, including $5.74 of income tax benefits.
For the rest of 2019, the company has two major titles slated for release - Need for Speed Heat, which is scheduled to release on Nov. 8, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is expected to come out on Nov. 15.