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Activision Blizzard Announces Better-Than-Expected Fourth Quarter and Calendar Year 2013 Results

February 6, 2014

Company Generated More Than $1.26 Billion in Operating Cash Flow in 2013

Board of Directors Authorizes Debt Repayment of $375 Million

Company Increases Cash Dividend to $0.20 Per Common Share

Company Announces 2014 Outlook Driven by Strongest Slate in its History

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced better-than-expected financial results for the fourth quarter and calendar year 2013.

 
  Fourth Quarter   Calendar Year
    Prior        
(in millions, except EPS)   2013     Outlook*     2012   2013     2012

GAAP

Net Revenues$1,518$1,255$1,768$4,583$4,856
EPS   $0.22     $0.05     $0.31   $0.95     $1.01

Non-GAAP

Net Revenues$2,272$2,215$2,595$4,342$4,987

EPS

 

$

0.79

   

$

0.72

   

$

0.78

 

$

0.94

   

$

1.18

 

*Prior outlook was provided by the company on November 6, 2013 in its earnings release
 


For calendar year 2013, Activision Blizzard delivered GAAP net revenues of $4.58 billion, as compared with $4.86 billion for 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $4.34 billion, as compared with $4.99 billion for 2012. For the calendar year 2013, GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $1.56 billion and represented 34% of the company’s total revenues. On a non-GAAP-basis, for the calendar year 2013, net revenues from digital channels were $1.57 billion and represented a record 36% of the company’s total net revenues.

For calendar year 2013, Activision Blizzard delivered GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.95, as compared with $1.01 per diluted share for 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, the company delivered earnings per diluted share of $0.94, as compared with $1.18 per diluted share for 2012.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, the company delivered GAAP net revenues of $1.52 billion, as compared with $1.77 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were $2.27 billion, as compared with $2.60 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.22, as compared with earnings per diluted share of $0.31 for the fourth quarter of 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s earnings per diluted share were a record $0.79, as compared with $0.78 for the fourth quarter of 2012.

The company reports results on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. Please refer to the tables at the back of this press release for a reconciliation of the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results.

Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer, Activision Blizzard, said, “2013 was a transformational year for Activision Blizzard and for our industry. Our transaction with Vivendi returned us to independence and eliminated the challenges and constraints of being a controlled company. The continued success of our games delivered better-than-expected financial results, including stronger net revenues and earnings per share, and over $1.26 billion in operating cash flow.”

Kotick continued, “As we look to 2014 and beyond, we have the strongest and most diverse pipeline of games in our history. In 2014, we expect these releases to enable us to grow non-GAAP revenues year over year and generate record non-GAAP earnings per share. We expect Bungie’s Destiny™, an innovative shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision Publishing’s next billion dollar franchise. Activision Publishing also has terrific new games planned for the Call of Duty® and Skylanders™ franchises, and Blizzard Entertainment has an expansion to the top-selling PC and console game Diablo® III and another major new release. Also in our pipeline for 2014 and the next few years are at least three potentially groundbreaking new free-to-play franchises—Blizzard’s Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ and Heroes of the Storm™, and Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty Online. We believe these games have great global potential. Free-to-play as a business model has now achieved scale, both in the West and in China. Hearthstone, which released in open beta on PC last month and which Blizzard Entertainment plans to expand this year to tablets and smartphones, is already attracting millions of players with strong engagement and monetization in the West and China, putting it on track to join World of Warcraft®, Diablo, and StarCraft® as their fourth mega franchise.”

Kotick added, “Over the last five years, through dividends and share buybacks, we have returned almost $10 billion dollars to our shareholders and today we announced an increase to our annual dividend and repayment of $375 million of debt. As we look to our newly independent future, we expect to continue to deliver strong returns to our stakeholders through the development and sale of the world’s best games, as we have for more than twenty years.”

Selected Business Highlights:

  • In North America and Europe combined, Activision Publishing was the #1 console and handheld publisher for the calendar year with the #2 and #3 best-selling franchises—Call of Duty and Skylanders, including toys and accessories.1
  • In North America and Europe combined, for the calendar year, Activision Publishing had four of the top-10 titles overall.1
  • For the fourth quarter, in aggregate across all platforms in the U.S. and Europe combined, Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty: Ghosts was the#1 best-selling title in both units and dollars and the #1 best-selling game on both next-gen platforms in both units and dollars. Additionally, for the calendar year, Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the #9 best-selling title in both units and dollars.2
  • For the calendar year, in North America and Europe combined, Skylanders Giants™, including toys and accessories,was the #4 best-selling handheld and console game in dollars overall and Skylanders SWAP Force™, including toys and accessories, was the #6 best-selling handheld and console game in dollars overall.1
  • As of December 31, 2013, the Skylanders franchise has generated, life-to-date, more than $2 billion in worldwide sales1 and, at the end of the year, Activision had sold approximately 175 million Skylanders toys worldwide.3
  • For the calendar year in North America, Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm® wasthe #1 best-selling PC game.4
  • As of December 31, 2013, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG, with approximately 7.8 million subscribers.3

    Company Outlook

    On January 28, 2014, Activision Publishing released Onslaught, the first downloadable map pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, on both Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360 entertainment system from Microsoft. The company expects to release Onslaught on other platforms later in the first quarter.

    Additionally, on March 25, 2014, Blizzard Entertainment expects to release DiabloIII: Reaper of Souls™, an expansion to Blizzard’s award-winning action-role-playing game, Diablo III.

    Activision Blizzard’s first quarter and calendar year 2014 outlook is as follows:

       
         

    GAAP

          Non-GAAP
    (in millions, except EPS)OutlookOutlook

    CY 2014

    Net Revenues

    $ 4,000 $ 4,600
    EPS $ 0.76 $ 1.26
    Fully Diluted Shares** 750 750

    Q1 2014

    Net Revenues $ 885 $ 675
    EPS $ 0.15 $ 0.09
    Fully Diluted Shares** 745 745
     


    ** Fully diluted weighted average shares include participating securities and dilutive options on a weighted average basis.

    Board Declares Cash Dividend and Debt Repayment

    The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.20 per common share payable on May 14, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 19, 2014. Additionally, the Board of Directors approved a repayment of $375 million of the company’s outstanding Term Loan B.

    Conference Call

    Today at 4:30 p.m. EST, Activision Blizzard’s management will host a conference call and Webcast to discuss the company’s results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 and management’s outlook for 2014. The company welcomes all members of the financial and media communities and other interested parties to visit the “Investor Relations” area of www.activisionblizzard.com to listen to the conference call via live Webcast or to listen to the call live by dialing into 877-857-6161 in the U.S. with passcode 2197679.

    About Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard, Inc. is the world’s largest and most profitable independent interactive entertainment publishing company. It develops and publishes some of the most successful and beloved entertainment franchises in any medium, including Call of Duty, Skylanders, World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

    Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard maintains operations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. It develops and publishes games on all leading interactive platforms and its games are available in most countries around the world. More information about Activision Blizzard and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activisionblizzard.com.

    1 According to The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track and Activision Blizzard internal estimates, including toys and accessories

    2 According to The NPD Group and GfK Chart-Track

    3 According to Activision Blizzard internal estimates

    4 According to The NPD Group, GfK Chart-Track and Activision Blizzard internal estimates

    Subscriber Definition:World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet Game Room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees’ territories are defined along the same rules.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures: As a supplement to our financial measures presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), Activision Blizzard presents certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as more important than, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the items associated with the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.

    Activision Blizzard provides net revenues, net income (loss), earnings (loss) per share and operating margin data and guidance both including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) certain items. In addition, Activision Blizzard provides EBITDA (defined as GAAP net income (loss) before interest (income) expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and adjusted EBITDA (defined as non-GAAP operating margin (see non-GAAP financial measure below) before depreciation). The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items, as applicable in any given reporting period:

  • the change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales with respect to certain of the company’s online-enabled games;
  • expenses related to stock-based compensation;
  • the amortization of intangibles from purchase price accounting;
  • fees and other expenses related to the acquisition of 429 million shares of our common stock on October 11, 2013 from Vivendi, pursuant to the stock purchase agreement dated July 25, 2013 and the $4.75 billion debt financings related thereto; and
  • the income tax adjustments associated with any of the above items.

    In the future, Activision Blizzard may also consider whether other significant non-recurring items should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures used by the company. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with additional useful information to measure Activision Blizzard’s financial and operating performance. In particular, the measures facilitate comparison of operating performance between periods and help investors to better understand the operating results of Activision Blizzard by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the company’s core business, operating results or future outlook. Internally, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the company’s operating results, and measuring compliance with the requirements of the company’s debt financing agreements, as well as in planning and forecasting.

    Activision Blizzard’s non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, and the terms non-GAAP net revenues, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP or adjusted EBITDA do not have a standardized meaning. Therefore, other companies may use the same or similarly named measures, but exclude different items, which may not provide investors a comparable view of Activision Blizzard’s performance in relation to other companies.

    Management compensates for the limitations resulting from the exclusion of these items by considering the impact of the items separately and by considering Activision Blizzard’s GAAP, as well as non-GAAP, results and outlook, and by presenting the most comparable GAAP measures directly ahead of non-GAAP measures, and by providing a reconciliation that indicates and describes the adjustments made.

    In addition to the reasons stated above, which are generally applicable to each of the items Activision Blizzard excludes from its non-GAAP financial measures, there are additional specific reasons why the company believes it is appropriate to exclude the change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales with respect to certain of the company’s online-enabled games.

    Since Activision Blizzard has determined that some of our games’ online functionality represents an essential component of gameplay and, as a result, a more-than-inconsequential separate deliverable, we recognize revenues attributed to these game titles over their estimated service periods, which may range from five months to a maximum of less than a year. The related cost of sales is deferred and recognized as the related revenues are recognized. Internally, management excludes the impact of this change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales in its non-GAAP financial measures when evaluating the company’s operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team.

    Management believes this is appropriate because doing so enables an analysis of performance based on the timing of actual transactions with our customers, which is consistent with the way the company is measured by investment analysts and industry data sources. In addition, excluding the change in deferred revenues and the related cost of sales provides a much more timely indication of trends in our operating results.

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Blizzard’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements under the heading “Company Outlook,” are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Blizzard generally uses words such as “outlook,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “might,” “to be,” “plans,” “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” “future,” “plan,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Blizzard’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Blizzard’s titles, increasing concentration of titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the macroeconomic environment, Activision Blizzard’s ability to predict consumer preferences, including interest in specific genres such as first-person action, “toys to life” and massively multiplayer online games and preferences among hardware platforms, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, changing business models including digital delivery of content, competition, including from used games and other forms of entertainment, possible declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, particularly during the ongoing console transition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, the current regulatory environment, litigation risks and associated costs, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, financing providers, licensees, licensors, vendors, and third-party developers, including the ability to attract, retain and develop key personnel and developers that can create high quality “hit” titles, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities and potential challenges associated with geographic expansion, capital market risks, the possibility that expected benefits related to the recently completed transactions with Vivendi may not materialize as expected, the amount of our debt and the limitations imposed by the covenants in the agreements governing our debt, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K as amended, and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and Activision Blizzard assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

    Although these forward-looking statements are believed to be true when made, they may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
    (Unaudited)
    (Amounts in millions, except per share data)
                                             
            Three Months Ended December 31,       Year Ended December 31,
            2013       2012       2013       2012
                           
    Net revenues:
    Product sales $ 1,152 $ 1,413 $ 3,201 $ 3,620
    Subscription, licensing and other revenues 1         366           355         1,382           1,236
    Total net revenues         1,518           1,768         4,583           4,856
     
    Costs and expenses:
    Cost of sales - product costs 502 483 1,053 1,116
    Cost of sales - online subscriptions 50 60 204 263
    Cost of sales - software royalties and amortization 72 87 187 194
    Cost of sales - intellectual property licenses 31 52 87 89
    Product development 197 222 584 604
    Sales and marketing 239 232 606 578
    General and administrative         143           148         490           561
    Total costs and expenses         1,234           1,284         3,211           3,405
    Operating income 284 484 1,372 1,451
    Interest and other investment income (expense), net         (51 )         3         (53 )         7
    Income before income tax expense 233 487 1,319 1,458
    Income tax expense         59           133         309           309
    Net income       $ 174         $ 354       $ 1,010         $ 1,149
     
                                             
    Basic earnings per common share 2 $ 0.23 $ 0.31 $ 0.96 $ 1.01
    Weighted average common shares outstanding         745           1,111         1,024           1,112
     
                                             
    Diluted earnings per common share 2 $ 0.22 $ 0.31 $ 0.95 $ 1.01
    Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution         757           1,115         1,035           1,118
                                             
     
    1 Subscription, licensing and other revenues represents revenues from World of Warcraft subscriptions, Call of Duty Elite memberships, licensing royalties from our products and franchises, value-added services, downloadable content, and other miscellaneous revenues.
    2 The company calculates earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method which requires the allocation of net income between common shareholders and participating security holders. We had, on a weighted-average basis, participating securities of approximately 23 million and 24 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013, respectively. We had, on a weighted-average basis, participating securities of approximately 27 million and 24 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012, respectively. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard Inc. common shareholders used to calculate earnings per common share assuming dilution was $168 million and $987 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 as compared to total net income of $174 million and $1,010 million for the same periods, respectively. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard Inc. common shareholders used to calculate earnings per common share assuming dilution was $345 million and $1,125 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to total net income of $354 million and $1,149 million for the same periods, respectively.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
    (Unaudited)
    (Amounts in millions)
                               
          December 31,             December 31,
              2013               2012
    ASSETS                          
    Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,410 $ 3,959
    Short-term investments 33 416
    Accounts receivable, net 515 707

    Inventories, net

    171 209

    Software development

    367 164
    Intellectual property licenses 11 11
    Deferred income taxes, net 321 487
    Other current assets         413                 321  
    Total current assets         6,241                 6,274  
    Long-term investments 9 8
    Software development 21 129
    Intellectual property licenses --- 30
    Property and equipment, net 138 141
    Other assets 35 11
    Intangible assets, net 43 68
    Trademark and trade names 433 433
    Goodwill         7,092                 7,106  
    Total assets       $ 14,012               $ 14,200  
                               
    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                          
    Current liabilities:
    Accounts payable $ 355 $ 343
    Deferred revenues 1,389 1,657
    Accrued expenses and other liabilities 636 652
    Current portion of long-term debt         25                 ---  
    Total current liabilities         2,405                 2,652  
    Long-term debt, net 4,668 ---
    Deferred income taxes, net 20 25
    Other liabilities         297                 206  
    Total liabilities         7,390                 2,883  
    Shareholders’ equity:
    Common stock --- ---
    Additional paid-in capital 9,682 9,450
    Treasury stock (5,814 ) ---
    Retained earnings 2,686 1,893
    Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)         68                 (26 )
    Total shareholders’ equity         6,622                 11,317  
    Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity       $ 14,012               $ 14,200  
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
    (Unaudited)
    (Amounts in millions)
                               
            Year Ended December 31,
            2013             2012
                     
    Cash flows from operating activities:
    Net income $ 1,010 $ 1,149
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
    Deferred income taxes 185 (10 )
    Depreciation and amortization 108 120
    Loss on disposal of property and equipment --- 1

    Amortization and write-off of capitalized software development costs and intellectual property licenses (1)

    207 208

    Amortization of debt discount and debt financing costs

    1 ---
    Stock-based compensation expense (2) 108 126
    Excess tax benefits from stock awards (29 ) (5 )
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
    Accounts receivable, net 198 (46 )
    Inventories, net 39 (62 )
    Software development and intellectual property licenses (268 ) (301 )
    Other assets (91 ) 88
    Deferred revenues (275 ) 153
    Accounts payable 7 (54 )
    Accrued expenses and other liabilities         64                 (22 )
    Net cash provided by operating activities         1,264                 1,345  
     
    Cash flows from investing activities:
    Proceeds from maturities of available-for-sale investments 304 444
    Proceeds from auction rate securities called at par --- 10
    Proceeds from sales of available-for-sale investments 98 ---
    Purchases of available-for-sale investments (26 ) (503 )
    Capital expenditures (74 ) (73 )
    Decrease (increase) in restricted cash         6                 (2 )
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities         308                 (124 )
     
    Cash flows from financing activities:
    Proceeds from issuance of common stock to employees 158 33

    Tax payment related to net share settlements on restricted stock rights

    (49 ) (16 )
    Repurchase of common stock (5,830 ) (315 )
    Dividends paid (216 ) (204 )
    Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 4,750 ---
    Repayment of long-term debt (6 ) ---
    Payment of debt discount and financing costs (59 ) ---
    Excess tax benefits from stock awards         29                 5  

    Net cash used in financing activities

            (1,223 )               (497 )
     
    Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents         102                 70  

    Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

    451 794
     
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period         3,959                 3,165  
     
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $ 4,410               $ 3,959  
                               
     
    (1) Excludes deferral and amortization of stock-based compensation expense.
    (2) Includes the net effects of capitalization, deferral, and amortization of stock-based compensation expense.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
    (Amounts in millions)
                         
    Three Months EndedYear over YearThree Months EndedYear over Year
    December 31,March 31,June 30,September 30,December 31,% IncreaseMarch 31,June 30,September 30,December 31,% Increase
    20112012201220122012(Decrease)201320132013   2013(Decrease)
    Cash Flow Data
    Operating Cash Flow $ 850 $ 154 $ 93 $ 122 $ 976 15 % $ 325 $ 109 $ (50 ) $

    880

    (10 ) %
    Capital Expenditures 25 8 17 21 27 8 17 19 22 16 (41 )
    Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow2 825 146 76 101 949 15 308 90 (72 ) 864 (9 )
     
    Operating Cash Flow - TTM1 952 972 1,143 1,219 1,345 41 1,516 1,532 1,360 1,264 (6 )
    Capital Expenditures - TTM1 72 76 79 71 73 1 82 84 85 74 1
    Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow - TTM1 $ 880 $ 896 $ 1,064 $ 1,148 $ 1,272 45 % $ 1,434 $ 1,448 $ 1,275 $ 1,190 (6 ) %
     

    1

       

    TTM represents trailing twelve months. Operating Cash Flow for the three months ended December 31, 2011, three months ended September 30, 2011, three months ended June 30, 2011, and three months ended March 31, 2011 was $850 million, $46 million, $(78) million, and $134 million, respectively. Capital expenditures for the three months ended December 31, 2011, three months ended September 30, 2011, three months ended June 30, 2011, and three months ended March 31, 2011 was $25 million, $29 million, $14 million, and $4 million, respectively.

    2

    Non-GAAP free cash flow represents operating cash flow minus capital expenditures (which includes payment for acquisition of intangible assets).
     
     
     

    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

    RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
    (Amounts in millions, except earnings per share data)
                                                                 
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2013       Net Revenues  

    Cost of Sales -

    Product Costs

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Online

    Subscriptions

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Software Royalties

    and Amortization

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Intellectual

    Property Licenses

     

    Product

    Development

     

    Sales and

    Marketing

     

    General and

    Administrative

     

    Total Costs and

    Expenses

    GAAP Measurement     $ 1,518   $ 502   $ 50   $ 72   $ 31   $ 197   $ 239   $ 143   $ 1,234
      Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) 754 181 - 64 - - - - 245
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) - - - (7 ) - (10 ) (2 ) (15 ) (34 )
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c) - - - - (15 ) - - - (15 )
    Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings (d)   -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (18 )     (18 )
    Non-GAAP Measurement       $ 2,272     $ 683     $ 50     $ 129     $ 16     $ 187     $ 237     $ 110     $ 1,412  
                                                                 
     
                                   
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2013      

    Operating

    Income

     

    Net Income

     

    Basic Earnings

    per Share

     

    Diluted Earnings

    per Share

    GAAP Measurement $ 284 $ 174 $ 0.23 $ 0.22
    Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) 509 401 0.52 0.51
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) 34 23 0.03 0.03
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c) 15 9 0.01 0.01
    Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings (d)   18       14       0.02       0.02  
    Non-GAAP Measurement       $ 860     $ 621     $ 0.81     $ 0.79  
                                   
     
                                                               

    Year Ended December 31, 2013

          Net Revenues  

    Cost of Sales -

    Product Costs

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Online

    Subscriptions

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Software Royalties

    and Amortization

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Intellectual

    Property Licenses

     

    Product

    Development

     

    Sales and

    Marketing

     

    General and

    Administrative

     

    Total Costs and

    Expenses

    GAAP Measurement $ 4,583 $ 1,053 $ 204 $ 187 $ 87 $ 584 $ 606 $ 490 $ 3,211
    Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) (241 ) (10 ) - 2 (4 ) - - - (12 )
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) - - - (17 ) - (33 ) (7 ) (53 ) (110 )
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c) - - - - (23 ) - - - (23 )
    Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings (d)   -       -       -       -       -       -       -       (79 )     (79 )
    Non-GAAP Measurement       $ 4,342     $ 1,043     $ 204     $ 172     $ 60     $ 551     $ 599     $ 358     $ 2,987  
                                                                 
     
                                   
    Year Ended December 31, 2013      

    Operating

    Income

      Net Income  

    Basic Earnings

    per Share

     

    Diluted Earnings

    per Share

    GAAP Measurement $ 1,372 $ 1,010 $ 0.96 $ 0.95
    Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) (229 ) (150 ) (0.14 ) (0.14 )
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) 110 71 0.07 0.07
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c) 23 14 0.01 0.01
    Less: Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings (d)   79       54       0.05       0.05  
    Non-GAAP Measurement       $ 1,355     $ 999     $ 0.95     $ 0.94  
     
      (a) Reflects the net change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales.
    (b) Includes expense related to stock-based compensation.
    (c) Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
    (d) Reflects fees and other expenses related to the repurchase of 429 million shares of our common stock from Vivendi (the "Purchase Transaction") completed on October 11, 2013 and related debt financings.
     

    The company calculates earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method which requires the allocation of net income between common shareholders and participating security holders. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard common shareholders used to calculate non-GAAP earnings per common share assuming dilution was $602 million and $976 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 as compared to total non-GAAP net income of $621 million and $999 million for the same periods, respectively.

     
    The per share adjustments are presented as calculated, and the GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is also presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
    (Amounts in millions, except earnings per share data)
                                                                 
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2012   Net Revenues  

    Cost of Sales -

    Product Costs

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Online

    Subscriptions

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Software Royalties

    and Amortization

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Intellectual

    Property Licenses

     

    Product

    Development

     

    Sales and

    Marketing

     

    General and

    Administrative

     

    Total Costs and

    Expenses

    GAAP Measurement     $ 1,768   $ 483   $ 60   $ 87   $ 52   $ 222   $ 232   $ 148   $ 1,284
      Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) 827 186 - 31 3 - - - 220
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) - - - (3 ) - (6 ) (2 ) (29 ) (40 )
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c)   -     -     -     -       (23 )     -       -       -       (23 )
    Non-GAAP Measurement $ 2,595   $ 669   $ 60   $ 115     $ 32     $ 216     $ 230     $ 119     $ 1,441  
                                                                 
     
                                   
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2012  

    Operating

    Income

      Net Income  

    Basic Earnings

    per Share

     

    Diluted Earnings

    per Share

    GAAP Measurement $ 484 $ 354 $ 0.31 $ 0.31
    Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) 607 485 0.43 0.42
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) 40 38 0.03 0.03
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c)   23     14     0.01     0.01  
    Non-GAAP Measurement $ 1,154   $ 891   $ 0.78   $ 0.78  
                                   
     
                                                                 

    Year Ended December 31, 2012

      Net Revenues  

    Cost of Sales -

    Product Costs

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Online

    Subscriptions

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Software Royalties

    and Amortization

     

    Cost of Sales -

    Intellectual

    Property Licenses

     

    Product

    Development

     

    Sales and

    Marketing

     

    General and

    Administrative

     

    Total Costs and

    Expenses

    GAAP Measurement $ 4,856 $ 1,116 $ 263 $ 194 $ 89 $ 604 $ 578 $ 561 $ 3,405
    Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) 131 - 1 36 3 - - - 40
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) - - - (9 ) - (20 ) (8 ) (89 ) (126 )
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c)   -     -     -     -       (30 )     -       -       -       (30 )
    Non-GAAP Measurement $ 4,987   $ 1,116   $ 264   $ 221     $ 62     $ 584     $ 570     $ 472     $ 3,289  
                                                                 
     
                                   
    Year Ended December 31, 2012  

    Operating

    Income

     

    Net Income

     

    Basic Earnings

    per Share

     

    Diluted Earnings

    per Share

    GAAP Measurement $ 1,451 $ 1,149 $ 1.01 $ 1.01
    Less: Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) 91 84 0.07 0.07
    Less: Stock-based compensation (b) 126 98 0.09 0.09
    Less: Amortization of intangible assets (c)   30     19     0.02     0.02  
    Non-GAAP Measurement $ 1,698   $ 1,350   $ 1.19   $ 1.18  
                                 
      (a) Reflects the net change in deferred revenues and related cost of sales.
    (b) Includes expense related to stock-based compensation.
    (c) Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
     

    The company calculates earnings per share pursuant to the two-class method which requires the allocation of net income between common shareholders and participating security holders. Net income attributable to Activision Blizzard Inc. common shareholders used to calculate non-GAAP earnings per common share assuming dilution was $870 million and $1,322 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 as compared to total non-GAAP net income of $891 million and $1,350 million for the same periods, respectively.

     
    The per share adjustments are presented as calculated, and the GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is also presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    FINANCIAL INFORMATION
    For the Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
    (Amounts in millions)
                               
    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2013December 31, 2012$ Increase% Increase
    Amount% of Total4Amount% of Total4(Decrease)(Decrease)
    GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel
    Retail channels $ 953 63 % $ 1,177 67 % $ (224 ) (19 ) %
    Digital online channels1   385   25   451   26   (66 ) (15 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard 1,338 88 1,628 92 (290 ) (18 )
     
    Distribution   180   12   140   8   40   29
    Total consolidated GAAP net revenues   1,518   100   1,768   100   (250 ) (14 )
     
    Change in Deferred Revenues2
    Retail channels 786 900
    Digital online channels1   (32 )   (73 )
    Total changes in deferred revenues   754     827  
     
    Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel
    Retail channels 1,739 77 2,077 80 (338 ) (16 )
    Digital online channels1   353   16   378   15   (25 ) (7 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard 2,092 92 2,455 95 (363 ) (15 )
     
    Distribution   180   8   140   5   40   29
    Total non-GAAP net revenues3 $ 2,272   100 % $ 2,595   100 % $ (323 ) (12 ) %
     
     
    Year Ended
    December 31, 2013December 31, 2012$ Increase% Increase
    Amount% of Total4Amount% of Total4(Decrease)(Decrease)
    GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel
    Retail channels $ 2,701 59 % $ 3,013 62 % $ (312 ) (10 ) %
    Digital online channels1   1,559   34   1,537   32   22   1
    Total Activision and Blizzard 4,260 93 4,550 94 (290 ) (6 )
     
    Distribution   323   7   306   6   17   6
    Total consolidated GAAP net revenues   4,583   100   4,856   100   (273 ) (6 )
     
    Change in Deferred Revenues2
    Retail channels (247 ) 69
    Digital online channels1   6     62  
    Total changes in deferred revenues   (241 )   131  
     
    Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Distribution Channel
    Retail channels 2,454 57 3,082 62 (628 ) (20 )
    Digital online channels1   1,565   36   1,599   32   (34 ) (2 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard 4,019 93 4,681 94 (662 ) (14 )
     
    Distribution   323   7   306   6   17   6
    Total non-GAAP net revenues3 $ 4,342   100 % $ 4,987   100 % $ (645 ) (13 ) %
     
    1 Net revenues from digital online channels represent revenues from subscriptions and memberships, licensing royalties, value-added services, downloadable content, digitally distributed products, and wireless devices.
    2 We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred revenues.
    3 Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.
    4 The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    FINANCIAL INFORMATION
    For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
    (Amounts in millions)
             
    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2013     December 31, 2012     $ Increase     % Increase
    Amount     % of Total8Amount     % of Total8(Decrease)(Decrease)
    GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix
    Activision and Blizzard:
    Online subscriptions1 $ 198 13 % $ 285 16 % $ (87 ) (31 ) %
    PC 66 4 205 12 (139 ) (68 )
    Sony PlayStation3 236 16 259 15 (23 ) (9 )
    Microsoft Xbox4 349 23 314 18 35 11
    Nintendo Wii and Wii U   160 11   183   10   (23 ) (13 )
    Total console2   745 49   756   43   (11 ) (1 )
    Other7   329 22   382   22   (53 ) (14 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard   1,338 88   1,628   92   (290 ) (18 )
     
    Distribution:
    Total Distribution   180 12   140   8   40   29
    Total consolidated GAAP net revenues   1,518 100   1,768   100   (250 ) (14 )
     
    Change in Deferred Revenues5
    Activision and Blizzard:
    Online subscriptions1 3 (8 )
    PC 45 (89 )
    Sony PlayStation3 385 441
    Microsoft Xbox4 318 467
    Nintendo Wii and Wii U   3   16  
    Total console2   706   924  
    Other7   ---   ---  
    Total changes in deferred revenues   754   827  
     
    Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix

     

    Activision and Blizzard:
    Online subscriptions1 201 9 277 11 (76 ) (27 )
    PC 111 5 116 4 (5 ) (4 )
    Sony PlayStation3 621 27 700 27 (79 ) (11 )
    Microsoft Xbox4 667 29 781 30 (114 ) (15 )
    Nintendo Wii and Wii U   163 7   199   8   (36 ) (18 )
    Total console2   1,451 64   1,680   65   (229 ) (14 )
    Other7   329 14   382   15   (53 ) (14 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard   2,092 92   2,455   95   (363 ) (15 )
     
    Distribution:
    Total Distribution   180 8   140   5 ?? 40   29
    Total non-GAAP net revenues6 $ 2,272 100 % $ 2,595   100 % $ (323 ) (12 ) %
     
    1 Revenues from online subscriptions consists of revenues from all World of Warcraft products, including subscriptions, boxed products, expansion packs, licensing royalties, and value-added services. It also includes revenues from Call of Duty Elite memberships.
    2 Downloadable content and their related revenues are included in each respective console platforms and total console.
    3 Sony PlayStation includes revenues from PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
    4 Microsoft Xbox includes revenues from Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
    5 We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred net revenues.
    6 Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.
    7 Revenues from other includes revenues from handheld and mobile devices, as well as non-platform specific game related revenues such as standalone sales of toys and accessories products from the Skylanders franchise and other physical merchandise and accessories.
    8 The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    FINANCIAL INFORMATION
    For the Year Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
    (Amounts in millions)
             
    Year Ended
    December 31, 2013     December 31, 2012     $ Increase     % Increase
    Amount     % of Total8Amount     % of Total8(Decrease)(Decrease)
    GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix
    Activision and Blizzard:
    Online subscriptions1 $ 912 20 % $ 986 20 % $ (74 ) (8 ) %
    PC 340 7 675 14 (335 ) (50 )
    Sony PlayStation3 963 21 876 18 87 10
    Microsoft Xbox4 1,198 26 1,019 21 179 18
    Nintendo Wii and Wii U   218   5   291   6   (73 ) (25 )
    Total console2   2,379   52   2,186   45   193   9
    Other7   629   14   703   14   (74 ) (11 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard   4,260   93   4,550   94   (290 ) (6 )
     
    Distribution:
    Total Distribution   323   7   306   6   17   6
    Total consolidated GAAP net revenues   4,583   100   4,856   100   (273 ) (6 )
     
    Change in Deferred Revenues5
    Activision and Blizzard:
    Online subscriptions1 (107 ) 85
    PC (22 ) 37
    Sony PlayStation3 (14 ) 30
    Microsoft Xbox4 (87 ) (3 )
    Nintendo Wii and Wii U   (10 )   (12 )
    Total console2   (111 )   15  
    Other7   (1 )   (6 )
    Total changes in deferred revenues   (241 )   131  
     
    Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Segment/Platform Mix
    Activision and Blizzard:
    Online subscriptions1 805 19 1,071 21 (266 ) (25 )
    PC 318 7 712 14 (394 ) (55 )
    Sony PlayStation3 949 22 906 18 43 5
    Microsoft Xbox4 1,111 26 1,016 20 95 9
    Nintendo Wii and Wii U   208   5   279   6   (71 ) (25 )
    Total console2   2,268   52   2,201   44   67   3
    Other7   628   14   697   14   (69 ) (10 )
    Total Activision and Blizzard   4,019   93   4,681   94   (662 ) (14 )
     
    Distribution:
    Total Distribution   323   7   306   6   17   6
    Total non-GAAP net revenues6 $ 4,342   100 % $ 4,987   100 % $ (645 ) (13 ) %
     
    1 Revenue from online subscriptions consists of revenue from all World of Warcraft products, including subscriptions, boxed products, expansion packs, licensing royalties, and value-added services. It also includes revenues from Call of Duty Elite memberships.
    2 Downloadable content and their related revenues are included in each respective console platforms and total console.
    3 Sony PlayStation includes revenues from PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
    4 Microsoft Xbox includes revenues from Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
    5 We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred net revenues.
    6 Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.
    7 Revenue from other includes revenues from handheld and mobile devices, as well as non-platform specific game related revenues such as standalone sales of toys and accessories products from the Skylanders franchise and other physical merchandise and accessories.
    8 The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    FINANCIAL INFORMATION
    For the Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
    (Amounts in millions)
                               
    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2013December 31, 2012$ Increase% Increase
    Amount% of Total3Amount% of Total3(Decrease)(Decrease)
    GAAP Net Revenues by Geographic Region
    North America $ 770 51 % $ 869 49 % $ (99 ) (11 ) %
    Europe 647 43 748 42 (101 ) (14 )
    Asia Pacific   101   7   151 9   (50 ) (33 )
    Total consolidated GAAP net revenues   1,518   100   1,768 100   (250 ) (14 )
     
    Change in Deferred Revenues1
    North America 457 538
    Europe 247 271
    Asia Pacific   50     18
    Total changes in net revenues   754     827
     
    Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Geographic Region
    North America 1,227 54 1,407 54 (180 ) (13 )
    Europe 894 39 1,019 39 (125 ) (12 )
    Asia Pacific   151   7   169 7   (18 ) (11 )
    Total non-GAAP net revenues2 $ 2,272   100 % $ 2,595 100 % $ (323 ) (12 ) %
     
     
      Year Ended
    December 31, 2013December 31, 2012$ Increase% Increase
      Amount% of Total3   Amount% of Total3   (Decrease)(Decrease)
    GAAP Net Revenues by Geographic Region
    North America $ 2,414 53 % $ 2,436 50 % $ (22 ) (1 ) %
    Europe 1,826 40 1,968 41 (142 ) (7 )
    Asia Pacific   343     7   452   9   (109 ) (24 )
    Total consolidated GAAP net revenues   4,583     100   4,856   100   (273 ) (6 )
     
    Change in Deferred Revenues1
    North America (108 ) 78
    Europe (107 ) 28
    Asia Pacific   (26 )   25
    Total changes in net revenues   (241 )   131
     
    Non-GAAP Net Revenues by Geographic Region
    North America 2,306 53 2,514 50 (208 ) (8 )
    Europe 1,719 40 1,996 40 (277 ) (14 )
    Asia Pacific   317   7   477 10   (160 ) (34 )
    Total non-GAAP net revenues2 $ 4,342   100 % $ 4,987 100 % $ (645 ) (13 ) %
     
    1 We provide net revenues including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) the impact of changes in deferred revenues.
    2 Total non-GAAP net revenues presented also represents our total operating segment net revenues.
    3 The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    SEGMENT INFORMATION
    For the Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2013 and 2012
    (Amounts in millions)
                                   
    Three Months Ended
    December 31, 2013December 31, 2012$ Increase% Increase
    Amount% of Total5Amount% of Total5(Decrease)(Decrease)
    Segment net revenues:
    Activision1 $ 1,805

    79

    % $ 2,145

    83

    % $ (340 ) (16 ) %
    Blizzard2 287

    13

    310

    12

    (23 ) (7 )
    Distribution3   180  

    8

        140  

    5

        40   29
    Operating segment total 2,272

    100

     

    %

    2,595

    100

     

    %

    (323 ) (12 )
     
    Reconciliation to consolidated net revenues:
    Net effect from deferral of net revenues   (754 )

     

     

      (827 )

     

     

    Consolidated net revenues $ 1,518  

     

     

    $ 1,768  

     

     

    $ (250 ) (14 ) %
     
    Segment income from operations:
    Activision1 $ 758 $ 1,055 $ (297 ) (28 ) %
    Blizzard2 93 88 5 6
    Distribution3   9     11     (2 ) (18 )
    Operating segment total 860 1,154 (294 ) (25 )
     

     

    Reconciliation to consolidated operating income and consolidated income before income tax expense:

    Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (509 ) (607 )
    Stock-based compensation expense (34 ) (40 )
    Amortization of intangible assets (15 ) (23 )
    Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings4   (18 )   ---  
    Consolidated operating income 284 484 (200 ) (41 )
    Interest and other investment income (expense), net   (51 )   3  
    Consolidated income before income tax expense $ 233   $ 487   $ (254 ) (52 ) %
     
    Operating margin from total operating segments 37.9 % 44.5 %
     
     
    Year Ended
    December 31, 2013December 31, 2012$ Increase% Increase
    Amount% of Total5Amount% of Total5(Decrease)(Decrease)
    Segment net revenues:
    Activision1 $ 2,895

    67

    %

    $ 3,072

    62

    % $ (177 ) (6 ) %
    Blizzard2 1,124

    26

    1,609

    32

    (485 ) (30 )
    Distribution3   323   7     306   6     17   6
    Operating segment total 4,342

    100

     

    %

    4,987

    100

     

    %

    (645 ) (13 )
     
    Reconciliation to consolidated net revenues:
    Net effect from deferral of net revenues   241  

     

      (131 )

     

     

    Consolidated net revenues $ 4,583  

     

     

     

    $ 4,856  

     

     

    $ (273 ) (6 ) %
     
    Segment income from operations:
    Activision1 $ 971 $ 970 $ 1 - %
    Blizzard2 376 717 (341 ) (48 )
    Distribution3   8     11     (3 ) (27 )
    Operating segment total 1,355 1,698 (343 ) (20 )
     

    Reconciliation to consolidated operating income and consolidated income before income tax expense:

    Net effect from deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales 229 (91 )
    Stock-based compensation expense (110 ) (126 )
    Amortization of intangible assets (23 ) (30 )
    Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase Transaction and related debt financings4   (79 )   ---  
    Consolidated operating income 1,372 1,451 (79 ) (5 )
    Interest and other investment income (expense), net   (53 )   7  
    Consolidated income before income tax expense $ 1,319   $ 1,458   $ (139 ) (10 ) %
     
    Operating margin from total operating segments 31.2 % 34.0 %
     
    1Activision Publishing (“Activision”) — publishes interactive entertainment products and contents.
    2 Blizzard — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Blizzard”) publishes PC games and online subscription-based games in the MMORPG category.
    3 Activision Blizzard Distribution (“Distribution”) — distributes interactive entertainment software and hardware products.
    4 Reflects fees and other expenses related to the repurchase of 429 million shares of our common stock from Vivendi (the "Purchase Transaction") completed on October 11, 2013 and related debt financings.
    5 The percentages of total are presented as calculated. Therefore the sum of these percentages, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.
     
     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    For the Trailing Twelve Months Ending December 31, 2013
    EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
    (Amounts in millions)
     
                                    Trailing Twelve
    Months Ending
    March 31, 2013June 30, 2013September 30, 2013December 31, 2013December 31, 2013
     
    GAAP Net Income (Loss)$ 456 $ 324 $ 56 $ 174 $ 1,010
    Interest (Income) / Expense, net (2 ) --- 4 52 52
    Provision (Benefit) for income taxes 133 106 10 59 309
    Depreciation and amortization   24     23     21     40   108  
    EBITDA611453913251,479
     
    Deferral of net revenues and related cost of sales (a) (369 ) (338 ) (32 ) 509 (229 )
    Stock-based compensation expense (b) 26 24 25 34 110
    Fees and other expenses related to the Purchase
    Transaction and related debt financings (c)   ---     ---     62     18   79  
    Adjusted EBITDA$268   $139   $146   $886$1,439  
     
    (a) Reflects the net change in deferred net revenues and related cost of sales.
    (b) Includes expense related to stock-based compensation.
    (c)

    Reflects fees and other expenses related to the repurchase of 429 million shares of our common stock from Vivendi (the "Purchase Transaction") completed on October 11, 2013 and related debt financings.

     

    Trailing twelve months amounts are presented as calculated. Therefore, the sum of the four quarters, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

     
     
    ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    Outlook for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2014 and
    Year Ending December 31, 2014
    GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
    (Amounts in millions, except per share data)
     
        Outlook for                 Outlook for
    Three Months EndingYear Ending
    March 31, 2014December 31, 2014
     
    Net Revenues (GAAP)$885$

    4,000

     

    Excluding the impact of:

    Change in deferred net revenues (a)   (210 )  

    600

     
    Net Revenues (Non-GAAP)$675$4,600
     
     
    Earnings Per Diluted Share (GAAP)$

    0.15

    $

    0.76

     

    Excluding the impact of:

    Net effect from deferral in net revenues and related cost of sales (b)

    (0.10

    ) 0.37
    Stock-based compensation (c) 0.03

    0.11

    Amortization of intangible assets (d) -

    0.01

           
    Earnings Per Diluted Share (Non-GAAP)$0.09$1.26
     
     
     
    (a) Reflects the net change in deferred net revenues.
    (b) Reflects the net change in deferred net revenues and related cost of sales.
    (c) Reflects expense related to stock-based compensation.
    (d) Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.
     
     

    The per share adjustments are presented as calculated, and the GAAP and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share information is also presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

     






    Activision Blizzard, Inc.

    Kristin Southey, 310-255-2635

    SVP, Investor Relations and Treasury

    ksouthey@activision.com

    or

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    SVP, Corporate Communications

    mlataif@activision.com


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