brevin_marl... apparently you didnt go to school in finance and accounting like i did. the $600 million "Stock based compensation" is a balance sheet item and has nothing to do with the income statement of a company. If you look on the balance sheet, this item affects the net worth aka stockholder equity of a company not the net income of an entity. once again you are stand corrected yourself. also, all you need to do is look at the R&D costs in year end 12/31/11 --- this particular cost shot up from $149.5 million in 12/31/10 to $727.0 million in 12/31/11, thats a whopping 386.0% increase in costs. now do you call that good management or a good company?? furthermore, look at the 3/31/12 data, same thing happened with the R&D costs, they keep more than doubling. this company wont take this kind of hit any longer.
Here you go, from Zynga's mouth to your eyes. In the 10Q from March 2012 -
Research and development expenses increased $115.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily attributable to a $69.6 million increase in stock-based expenses, mainly due to the expense recognized for ZSUs, an increase of $34.7 million in headcount-related expenses, an increase of $6.5 million in facilities and other overhead support costs and an increase of $3.5 million in consulting costs.
Go back to college son, and next time you start posting crap about costs doubling without knowing the composition, get some links, otherwise we can see you lying through your teeth.
If you are the financial expert that you claim that you are, how come you denied that Zynga has positive cash when it is clearly stated in the 3/31 quarterly report? I don't have any believe in postings without verifiable links.