GAAP net revenue grew 54% to $831.3 million, a fiscal first quarter record

GAAP net income per diluted share increased 88% to $0.77

GAAP net cash provided by operating activities for the three-months ended June 30, 2020 increased 310% to $445.4 million

Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow (Non-GAAP) for the three-months ended June 30, 2020 increased 595% to $324.0 million

Net Bookings grew 136% to $996.2 million, a fiscal first quarter record

Company raises outlook for fiscal year 2021

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today reported strong results for its fiscal first quarter 2021 ended June 30, 2020. In addition, the Company provided its initial outlook for its fiscal second quarter ending September 30, 2020 and increased its outlook for the fiscal year 2021, ending March 31, 2021. For additional information, please see the fiscal first quarter 2021 results slide deck posted to the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.take2games.com.

Fiscal First Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

GAAP net revenue increased 54% to $831.3 million, a fiscal first quarter record, as compared to $540.5 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (which is generated from ongoing consumer engagement and includes virtual currency, add-on content and in-game purchases) increased 52% and accounted for 58% of total GAAP net revenue. The largest contributors to GAAP net revenue in fiscal first quarter 2021 were Grand Theft Auto® Online and Grand Theft Auto V; NBA® 2K20; Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online; Borderlands® 3; Sid Meier’s Civilization VI; Social Point’s mobile offerings; the WWE® series; and The Outer Worlds.

Digitally-delivered GAAP net revenue increased 70% to $726.2 million, as compared to $427.8 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter, and accounted for 87% of total GAAP net revenue. The largest contributors to GAAP digitally-delivered net revenue in fiscal first quarter 2021 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V; NBA 2K20; Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online; Borderlands 3; Sid Meier’s Civilization VI; the WWE series; and Social Point’s mobile offerings.

GAAP net income increased 91% to $88.5 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, as compared to $46.3 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the comparable period last year.

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, GAAP net cash provided by operating activities increased 310% to $445.4 million, as compared to $108.5 million in the same period last year. During the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow (Non-GAAP), which is defined as GAAP net cash from operating activities, adjusted for changes in restricted cash, increased 594% to $324.0 million, as compared to $46.6 million in the same period last year (please see the section below titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measure” for additional information). As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash and short-term investments of $2.285 billion.

The following data, together with a management reporting tax rate of 16%, are used internally by the Company’s management and Board of Directors to adjust the Company’s GAAP financial results in order to facilitate comparison of its operating performance between periods and to better understand its core business and future outlook:

Three Months Ended June 30, 2020

Financial Data

$ in thousands

Statement of

operations

Change in deferred

net revenue and

related cost of

goods sold

Stock-based

compensation

Amortization &

impairment of

acquired intangible

assets

Net revenue

$831,310

164,939

Cost of goods sold

476,689

(1,223

)

(29,033

)

(3,282

)

Gross Profit

354,621

166,162

29,033

3,282

Operating expenses

272,478

(24,378

)

(1,672

)

Income from operations

82,143

166,162

53,411

4,954

Interest and other, net

8,218

(761

)

Income before income taxes

90,361

165,401

53,411

4,954

In order to calculate net income per diluted share for management reporting purposes, the Company uses its fully diluted share count of 114.96 million.

Operational Metric – Net Bookings

Net Bookings is defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically during the period, and includes licensing fees, merchandise, in-game advertising, strategy guides and publisher incentives.

During fiscal first quarter 2021, total Net Bookings grew 136% to $996.2 million, a fiscal first quarter record, as compared to $422.2 million during last year’s fiscal first quarter. Net Bookings from recurrent consumer spending grew 127% and accounted for 65% of total Net Bookings. The largest contributors to Net Bookings in fiscal first quarter 2021 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V; NBA 2K20; Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online; Borderlands 3; Social Point’s mobile offerings; Sid Meier’s Civilization VI; the WWE series; and The Outer Worlds.

Catalog accounted for $915.5 million of Net Bookings led by Grand Theft Auto, NBA 2K, Red Dead Redemption, Borderlands, Social Point’s mobile offerings, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and the WWE series.

Digitally-delivered Net Bookings grew 139% to $915.2 million, as compared to $382.5 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter, and accounted for 92% of total Net Bookings. The largest contributors to digitally-delivered Net Bookings in fiscal first quarter 2021 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V; NBA 2K20; Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online; Borderlands 3; Social Point’s mobile offerings; Sid Meier’s Civilization VI; and the WWE series.

Management Comments

“Fiscal 2021 is off to a terrific start with first quarter operating results that significantly exceeded our expectations, including fiscal first quarter records for GAAP net revenue and Net Bookings”, said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Our extraordinary results were driven primarily by the outperformance of NBA 2K20, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online, and Social Point’s mobile games.

“As a result of our better-than-expected first quarter operating results and increased forecast for the balance of the year, we are raising our fiscal 2021 outlook, which is poised to be another great year for Take-Two.

With the strongest development pipeline in the history of the Company and our ongoing investment in emerging markets, platforms and business models, Take-Two is exceedingly well positioned to capitalize on the many positive trends in our industry and to generate growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”

COVID-19 Response

At Take-Two, our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and their families. All of our offices moved largely to work-from-home environments by mid-March and several are starting to open on a voluntary basis. The digital nature of our content means our creative talent can continue to work on game development from home. Although the shift to remote working adds complexity and challenges in some areas of the game development process, based on our work to date, we currently do not expect any additional delays.

With more people staying at home, we have experienced, and are continuing to experience, heightened levels of engagement and Net Bookings growth-to-date. The full extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our business, operations and financial results will depend on numerous evolving factors that we are not able to predict. The key risks to our business are set forth under the heading “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements” in this release and in Take-Two’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

Business and Product Highlights

Since April 1, 2020:

Take-Two:

  • As previously announced, during the months of April and May 2020, our labels came together to donate 5% of Net Bookings (after platform fees) from in-game purchases from Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online from Rockstar Games, NBA 2K20 and NBA 2K19 from 2K Games, Dragon City from Social Point, as well as from full-game digital sales of The Outer Worlds from Private Division, to support an array of COVID-19 charities and local businesses in need. As a result of this effort, we proudly raised over $15 million and provided support to more than 180 organizations throughout the world, including Covenant House, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Feeding America, International Medical Corps, Robin Hood, and Save the Children to name a few. Our efforts supported food banks, shelters and first responders; provided healthcare workers and hospitals with protective equipment; funded research for a COVID-19 vaccine; provided relief funds for small businesses in the regions where we operate; and endowed numerous industry-related organizations to deliver essential in-home STEM education and game design programs for students.

Rockstar Games:

  • Released new free content updates for Red Dead Online including:
    • The Naturalist, a massive new update to Red Dead Online featuring a new Frontier Pursuit that will introduce players to the secrets of naturalism as part of an all-new Role, plus a new Outlaw Pass, tons of community-requested features and fixes, and much more to play and discover in the months to come.
    • Six new maps and additional variations to Showdown Mode.
  • Released new free content updates for Grand Theft Auto Online including, Gerald’s Last Play, featuring six new missions for solo and co-op play.
  • Announced that they will bring Grand Theft Auto V to the new generation of consoles, including PlayStation 5, in the second half of calendar 2021. The next generation versions of the game will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades, and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware. For the Grand Theft Auto Online community, the journey will continue on next generation with more new updates, including additional content exclusive to the new consoles and PC. There will also be a new standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online coming in the second half of calendar 2021, which will be available for free exclusively for PlayStation 5 players during the first three months. Additionally, all PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 will each get 1 million GTA dollars deposited into their in-game Maze Bank account each month they play Grand Theft Auto Online until the launch of the game on PlayStation 5.

2K:

  • Released Mafia II Definitive Edition and Mafia III Definitive Edition as part of the Mafia Trilogy, which combines all three previously released Mafia titles into a single package for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Mafia I Definitive Edition will become available September 25th, as the game is being completely remade, including new technology, new voice acting, new game mechanics, and more.
  • Launched BioShock: The Collection, XCOM 2 Collection, and Borderlands Legendary Collection on Nintendo Switch.
  • Released XCOM®: Chimera Squad digitally for PC via Steam. XCOM: Chimera Squad is an all-new standalone title in the award-winning, turn-based, XCOM tactical series.
  • Released the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – New Frontier Pass, which provides eight new civilizations, nine new leaders, and a variety of new gameplay modes and content for the strategy title from Firaxis Games. The new content will be delivered to consumers via six downloadable packs on a bimonthly basis from May 2020 to March 2021.
  • Launched, together with Gearbox Software, Borderlands Science, an interactive game within Borderlands 3 that invites players to map the human gut microbiome to advance vital medical studies while earning in-game rewards. This major initiative is the result of international partnerships with researchers and scientists at McGill University, Massively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS), and The Microsetta Initiative at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory star and scientist Dr. Mayim Bialik lent her voice to the project, helping guide players on their journey.
  • Unveiled the full roster of cover athletes for NBA 2K21, the next iteration of the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series. On the cover of the current-generation version of NBA 2K21 is five-time NBA All-Star and Portland Trail Blazers’ standout Damian Lillard. Zion Williamson – New Orleans Pelicans forward, 2019 1st Overall Pick and consensus 2019 National College Player of the Year, lands the cover for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version. Finally, NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s lifetime achievement of basketball excellence is celebrated in the Mamba Forever Edition. NBA 2K21 will be available for $59.99 on current-generation platforms; the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version of NBA 2K21 will be available for $69.99. NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition will be available for $99.99 for both current and next-generation platforms. It includes dual-access when purchasing Mamba Forever Edition on either current or next-generation platforms and provides a copy of the standard edition game on the other generation at no additional cost, within the same console family.
  • Announced that WWE 2K Battlegrounds, the arcade-style brawler that will bring over-the-top WWE action to a new level of intensity, will release worldwide on September 18, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch and Stadia. Featuring a roster of more than 70 WWE Superstars and Legends at launch, with additional Superstars to be released thereafter, WWE 2K Battlegrounds is now available for pre-order in digital formats and at participating retailers.
  • Announced PGA TOUR 2K21 from HB Studios is planned for launch on August 21, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch (digital), PC and Stadia. The game will feature PGA TOUR professional Justin Thomas as its cover athlete; officially licensed pro players, courses and gear; the most realistic course scanning to date; play-by-play commentary by Luke Elvy and Rich Beem; a new PGA TOUR Career Mode, online and local multiplayer; course and player customization; and online societies.
  • The NBA 2K League 2020 regular season began on May 5, 2020 with all 23 teams participating in remote gameplay from their local markets through the 12-week regular season, and three in-season tournaments – THE TIPOFF, THE TURN, and THE TICKET between August 13-15, 2020. The Playoffs will run between August 19-22, 2020, before the Finals on August 29, 2020. All matches air live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch channel, in addition to select matches airing live on ESPN2, ESPN’s digital platforms and the NBA 2K League’s YouTube channel, and on delay on eGG Network in Southeast Asia. In addition, in June, as part of a multiyear agreement, livestreams of League games began airing on Dash Radio’s Nothin’ But Net channel on the digital network that has more than 12 million subscribers
  • Announced a partnership with OneTeam Partners and the National Football League Players Association that will allow the label to include the names, numbers, images and likenesses for over 2,000 current NFL players in multiple, non-simulation football games that are currently in development and set to launch starting in calendar year 2021, during fiscal 2022.

Private Division:

  • Launched Disintegration, the debut title from V1 Interactive, the independent studio founded by Marcus Lehto, co-creator of Halo, digitally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Disintegration is a sci-fi, first-person shooter that blends real-time tactical elements to create an entirely new experience.
  • Released The Outer Worlds, the award-winning title created by renowned RPG developer Obsidian Entertainment, for Nintendo Switch. The Outer Worlds is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. In addition, Private Division announced that on September 9, 2020 they will release Peril on Gorgon, the first narrative expansion for The Outer Worlds. Peril on Gorgon is the first of two narrative expansions that can be purchased individually or bundled at a discount in The Outer Worlds Expansion Pass.
  • Launched, in partnership with the European Space Agency, a new Kerbal Space Program update, entitled Shared Horizons for PC. The update will also be available later this year on consoles.
  • Announced three new publishing agreements with top independent developers Moon Studios, League of Geeks, and Roll7. In collaboration with these developers, Private Division will announce more details about each specific project in the future. These titles are in early development and do not have set release dates. The first of these titles is expected to launch in fiscal year 2022.
  • Announced that Kerbal Space Program 2 is planned for launch in Fall 2021 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The team at Intercept Games is hard at work creating the best Kerbal Space Program experience possible.

Outlook for Fiscal 2021

Take-Two is providing its initial outlook for its fiscal second quarter ending September 30, 2020 and increasing its outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021:

Second Quarter Ending September 30, 2020

  • GAAP net revenue is expected to range from $750 to $800 million
  • GAAP net income is expected to range from $98 to $110 million
  • GAAP diluted net income per share is expected to range from $0.85 to $0.96
  • Share count used to calculate both GAAP and management reporting diluted net income per share is expected to be 115.0 million (1)
  • Net Bookings (operational metric) are expected to range from $775 to $825 million

The Company is also providing selected data and its management reporting tax rate of 16%, which are used internally by its management and Board of Directors to adjust the Company’s GAAP financial outlook in order to facilitate comparison of its operating performance between periods and to better understand its core business and future outlook:

Three Months Ending September 30, 2020

Financial Data

$ in millions

GAAP outlook (2)

Change in

deferred net

revenue and

related cost of

goods sold

Stock-based

compensation

Amortization of

acquired

intangible

assets

Net revenue

$750 to $800

$25

Cost of goods sold

$355 to $381

$30

($38)

($2)

Operating Expenses

$285 to $295

($23)

($2)

Interest and other, net

($1)

Income before income taxes

$111 to $125

($5)

$61

$4

Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2021

  • GAAP net revenue is expected to range from $2.80 to $2.90 billion
  • GAAP net income is expected to range from $349 to $380 million
  • GAAP diluted net income per share is expected to range from $3.04 to $3.30
  • Share count used to calculate both GAAP and management reporting diluted net income per share is expected to be 115.0 million (1)
  • Net cash provided by operating activities is expected to be over $475 million
  • Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow (Non-GAAP) is expected to be over $500 million (3)
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $75 million
  • Net Bookings (operational metric) are expected to range from $2.80 to $2.90 billion

The Company is also providing selected data and its management reporting tax rate of 16%, which are used internally by its management and Board of Directors to adjust the Company’s GAAP financial outlook in order to facilitate comparison of its operating performance between periods and to better understand its core business and future outlook:

Twelve Months Ending March 31, 2021

Financial Data

$ in millions

GAAP outlook (2)

Change in

deferred net

revenue and

related cost of

goods sold

Stock-based

compensation

Amortization of

acquired

intangible

assets

Net revenue

$2,800 to $2,900

Cost of goods sold

$1,275 to $1,320

$4

($61)

($10)

Operating Expenses

$1,151 to $1,171

($94)

($7)

Interest and other, net

($13)

$1

Income before income taxes

$387 to $422

($5)

$155

$17

1)

Includes 113.9 million basic shares and 1.1 million shares representing the potential dilution from unvested employee stock grants.

2)

The individual components of the financial outlook may not foot to the totals, as the Company does not expect actual results for every component to be at the low end or high end of the outlook range simultaneously.

3)

Includes a $25 million net decrease in restricted cash for fiscal 2021.

Key assumptions and dependencies underlying the Company’s outlook include: the timely delivery of the titles included in this financial outlook; continuing benefit from sheltering at home, which we have included in the fiscal second quarter 2021, but have not yet factored into the back half of the fiscal year; a stable economic environment; continued consumer acceptance of Xbox One and PlayStation 4; the ability to develop and publish products that capture market share for these current generation systems while also leveraging opportunities on next-gen consoles, PC, mobile and other platforms; and stable foreign exchange rates. See also “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements” below.

Product Releases

The following titles have been released since April 1, 2020:

Label

Title

Platforms

Release Date

2K

XCOM: Chimera Squad

PC

April 24, 2020

2K

Mafia II Definitive Edition and Mafia III Definitive Edition

PS4, Xbox One, PC

May 19, 2020

2K

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – Frontier Pass (DLC)

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

May 21, 2020

2K

BioShock: The Collection

Switch

May 29, 2020

2K

Borderlands Legendary Collection

Switch

May 29, 2020

2K

XCOM 2 Collection

Switch

May 29, 2020

Private Division

The Outer Worlds

Switch

June 5, 2020

Private Division

Disintegration

PS4, Xbox One, PC

June 16, 2020

2K

Borderlands 3: Bounty of Blood (DLC)

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia

June 25, 2020

Private Division

Kerbal Space Program: Shared Horizons (free update)

PC

July 1, 2020

2K

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – New Frontier Pass: Ethiopia Pack (DLC)

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

July 23, 2020

Rockstar Games

Red Dead Online: The Naturalist

PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia

July 28, 2020

Take-Two’s lineup of future titles announced to-date includes:

Label

Title

Platforms

Release Date

2K

PGA TOUR 2K21

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Stadia

August 21, 2020

2K

NBA 2K21

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Stadia

September 4, 2020

2K

WWE 2K Battlegrounds

PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Stadia

September 18, 2020

2K

Mafia I Definitive Edition

PS4, Xbox One, PC

September 25, 2020

2K

NBA 2K21

PS5, Xbox Series X

Holiday 2020

Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V

PS5, Xbox Series X

Fiscal 2022

Private Division

Kerbal Space Program 2

PS4, Xbox One, PC

Fall 2021

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 Measure

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses a Non-GAAP measure of financial performance: Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow, which is defined as GAAP net cash from operating activities, adjusted for changes in restricted cash. The Company’s management believes it is important to consider Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow, in addition to net cash from operating activities, as it provides more transparency into current business trends without regard to the timing of payments from restricted cash, which is primarily related to a dedicated account limited to the payment of certain internal royalty obligations.

Contacts

(Investor Relations)
Henry A. Diamond
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
(646) 536-3005
Henry.Diamond@take2games.com

(Corporate Press)
Alan Lewis
Vice President
Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
(646) 536-2983
Alan.Lewis@take2games.com

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