"For fiscal 2013, we expect declining sales as our core products on legacy platforms decline, and we will be offering a smaller slate of new handheld and console titles than we introduced in fiscal 2012," Sutton added.
In order to better align operating costs with expected sales trends, the Company has implemented several initiatives to reduce fixed operating costs in favor of an outsourced, variable cost model. These initiatives include the closing of its social game development studio in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and reduction of game testing personnel in its New Jersey office. The Company plans to continue to develop mobile games through its production team in Southern California and the use of external development studios. In addition, the Company has eliminated certain marketing and support positions reflecting the planned reduction of its console game slate in fiscal 2013. The Company expects to record approximately $0.7 - $1.0 million in severance and other expenses related to this strategic realignment in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. These initiatives are expected to result in reduced operating expenses of approximately $1.5 - $2.0 million on an annual basis.
"Having successfully navigated through industry transitions and periods of uncertainty in the past, we believe it is prudent to preserve our financial resources as new platforms are deployed. We plan to continue to support our established franchises, look for opportunities to reach new audiences through mobile devices and position the Company to capitalize as new platforms grow and gain consumer acceptance. Our strong balance sheet and liquidity give us the resources to resume growth as industry dynamics become clear," concluded Sutton.
Fiscal 2013 Outlook
As a result of the weakness in demand for products on legacy console platforms and uncertainty around consumer adoption of the next generation of consoles, management is modifying its practice of providing quantitative fiscal year revenue and earnings guidance. Instead, for fiscal 2013, management is presenting a qualitative assessment of its outlook for financial results.
Based on early analysis of sell-through during the 2012 holiday season, management anticipates holiday sales will be at least 50% lower than last year. Given the Company's dependence on holiday sales, management anticipates revenue for fiscal 2013 will be significantly below fiscal 2012. Management expects to report between a modest non-GAAP EPS loss to breakeven for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 and a loss for the full year of fiscal 2013.
Announced Product Line-up
First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Ending January 31, 2013
To date, the Company has announced the following titles that were, or are expected to be, released during its fiscal first quarter 2013, which includes the recent holiday sales period:
•Maestro Piccolo's Flea Symphony for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch recently received the Editor's Choice Award from Apple. Flea Symphony turns players into mini maestros, conducting a tiny orchestra of fleas to create beautiful melodies with a range of instruments, including tuba cannons, guitar string launchers, and even turntables. Players must solve 100 levels of progressively complex musical puzzles through five imaginative music box worlds. •Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze on Nintendo DS and Wii was released as part of a distribution agreement with Little Orbit that includes an additional Nintendo 3DS sku launching this March. Players can pick their favorite Monster High character and form a team of friends as they skate through the crypts of Monster High. Collect power-ups, avoid monstrous obstacles, scream past the competition and use each character's special ability and ghoul power to win the race.
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