|Bid||0.00 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 900|
|Day's Range||93.87 - 95.28|
|52 Week Range||73.91 - 151.26|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.48|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||20.50|
|Earnings Date||May 7, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||102.48|
Electronic Arts: What Can Investors Expect in Q4?(Continued from Prior Part)Gross profit margin The shift to digital gaming has driven the profit margins higher for Electronic Arts (EA) and its peers over the last few years. Electronic Arts’ gross
Electronic Arts: What Can Investors Expect in Q4?(Continued from Prior Part)Electronic ArtsLast year, Electronic Arts (EA) announced that it would delay the launch of its highly anticipated Battlefield V game to improve users’ experience. The
Electronic Arts: What Can Investors Expect in Q4?Electronic Arts’ revenues Electronic Arts (EA) is scheduled to announce its fourth-quarter results on May 7—fiscal 2019 ended in March. Analysts expect the company to post revenues of $1.19
What's interesting about Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) over the past few years is that everyone got the stock wrong. That's true from a broad standpoint: ZNGA stock has nearly tripled from early 2016 levels.Source: Shutterstock But it's also true looking more closely at both Zynga bulls and bears. When Zynga stock sat near $2, bulls pointed to the company's huge cash balance, which at times cleared one billion dollars; its wholly-owned headquarters in San Francisco, which ostensibly could be sold; the Empires & Allies game; and its 2014 acquisition of NaturalMotion.Bears (myself included, in the interest of full disclosure) saw Zynga Poker as doomed to follow the declines of older franchises like FarmVille and Mafia Wars, as the company adapted to declining game usage on the Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) platform.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBears obviously have been wrong on the games in particular: Zynga Poker remains the company's top game, according to the 10-K. But the bull case hasn't really played out, either. * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Give Back 2019 Gains While ZNGA backers were looking at the asset base, the company under former Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) executive Frank Gibeau has ground out an impressive, old-fashioned turnaround. Empires & Allies has been discontinued, and NaturalMotion's CSR2 has been decent but not spectacular. Cost controls, better execution, and smart capital allocation have driven earnings higher - and the Zynga stock price along with it.Now, however, the turnaround is over, as even Zynga management wrote in the company's Q4 shareholder letter. And the question becomes: what now? ZNGA Stock ValuationThe case for ZNGA stock is that valuation is reasonable and growth is on the way. Valuation is a little tricky given that Zynga generates enormous amounts of deferred revenue that wind up being excluded from its profits. The company is guiding for an increase of some $200 million in deferred revenue in 2019: cash that will be brought in from player fees, but won't be recognized as revenue until 2020 and beyond.Still, it appears that ZNGA stock is reasonably valued. Guidance suggests bookings (reported revenue plus the change in deferred revenue) should rise some 39% in 2019. Margins are going to see some pressure, owing in part to upfront investments in research and development. But excluding the deferred revenue shift, adjusted EBITDA seems like it should come in around $250 million or so in 2019.That's a roughly 15-16x EV/EBITDA multiple which is high, but not terribly so in the context of the gaming space. Next year's consensus EPS estimates of $0.26 suggest a roughly 20x multiple, backing out the company's net cash.Valuation obviously is quite different than it was a few years ago. In 2015-2016, the case for ZNGA stock was that value of the assets created a 'floor' under the stock. Now, investors are valuing the business at several billion dollars, which makes some sense. The Case for Zynga StockAfter all, Zynga now has a base on diversified, stable franchises and growth opportunities arriving in the second half. The company claims five "forever" franchises: Words with Friends, Zynga Poker, CSR2, Merge Dragons!, and Empires & Puzzles. All five have held up well for years now and guidance suggests overall bookings for the group should grow in the first half.With the turnaround complete, Zynga now is looking toward new efforts. Per the shareholder letter, new games are coming based on Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. CityVille and FarmVille are getting new offerings as well.The argument from bears for some time was that eventually, the "forever" franchises would crack. Zynga still generates around 20% of revenue from casino-type games and 15% from Zynga Poker. It seemed likely that at some point users would tire of those games but that hasn't been the case. Overall slots bookings were up modestly in Q4 2018, and represented 21% of the total.That performance has been echoed elsewhere: Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) sold its slot business at an attractive valuation. International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) made a nice profit on Double Down Entertainment. Scientific Games (NASDAQ:SGMS) is spinning off a piece of its social gaming business to pay down debt.Those social gaming assets (again, about 20% of bookings) clearly have value. The "forever" franchises have proven their worth. Advertising revenue is growing. And the new offerings should drive growth in the second half of 2019 into 2020. What's not to like? The Risks to Zynga StockThere is good news here. But there are worries as well. Zynga Poker is slowing down, per commentary on the Q4 call and the 10-K. Words with Friends appears to be losing users. Zynga's growth looks impressive - but a decent chunk of it has come from acquisitions, including the deal last year to buy the developer of Merge Dragons!.Overall users are relatively flat even with help from acquisitions. Zynga is doing a better job of monetizing those players, including through higher advertising sales, but getting more money from the same amount of users is a difficult long-term goal.As for the new games, the branded games will be less profitable, as Zynga will have to pay licensing fees. And the struggles of other developers like EA in doing justice to Star Wars are well-documented.The bear take here is that Zynga really hasn't been that good at developing games. It launched Zynga Poker a decade ago; the other four "forever franchises" all were acquired. Empires & Allies was a flop. (Empires & Puzzles was picked up through the acquisition of another developer, Small Giant Games.) In between, other than jumping on the social slots trend, Zynga hasn't done much in-house. Now, it has to. Will it do it well? The Bottom Line on ZNGA StockThe other concern is on the valuation front. ZNGA stock is reasonably cheap if an investor excludes share-based compensation. That figure remains huge: some $68 million in 2018. That's over 20% of profits. Exclude that dilution and Zynga stock is pricing in consistent growth for years to come.Can Zynga drive that growth? Certainly. It's done a nice job of late doing exactly that, but the improvement in recent years has come from acquisitions and improving already-developed games. Now, Zynga will have to take a different tack, and it will have to see a lot more success this time around for ZNGA stock to keep climbing.As of this writing, Vince Martin is long shares of IGT. He has no positions in any other securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Oversold Stocks to Run From * 7 Red-Hot E-Commerce Stocks to Consider * 4 Stocks Surging on Earnings Surprises Compare Brokers The post The Remarkable Turnaround in ZNGA Stock Is Winding Up appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Hasbro's (HAS) first-quarter 2019 results were driven by robust performance of the U.S. and Canada segment as well as Entertainment, Licensing and Digital segment.
PCM's (PCMI) first-quarter 2019 earnings are likely to benefit from focus on areas like cloud and security solutions despite headwinds related to the U.S. government shutdown and Brexit.
Comcast (CMCSA) first-quarter earnings are likely to benefit from the expanding high-speed Internet subscriber base amid ongoing cord-cutting and stiff competition in the cable TV market.
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These Tech Stocks Could Be Overvalued at Their Current Prices(Continued from Prior Part)ZNGA’s returns The stock of gaming company Zynga (ZNGA) has generated a return of 51% in the last 12 months. Since the start of 2019, the stock is up 36%.
Why Take-Two Interactive Might Be a Good Buy Right Now(Continued from Prior Part)Price to earnings Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) has a forward PE ratio of 28.9x for 2019. This valuation seems reasonable given the company’s significant revenue and
Electronic Arts Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and year ended March 31, 2019 after the close of market on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. In conjunction with this release, EA will host a conference call to review its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year, discuss its outlook for the future and may disclose other material developments affecting its business ...
Why Take-Two Interactive Might Be a Good Buy Right Now(Continued from Prior Part)Primary revenue driver in the last quarter Gaming companies such as Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), Electronic Arts (EA), and Activision Blizzard (ATVI) are highly
Will Activision Blizzard Bounce Back after Its $29 Billion Loss?(Continued from Prior Part)PE ratio Activision Blizzard (ATVI) has a forward PE ratio of 35.9x for 2019. This ratio might seem high given the company’s negative revenue and earnings
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Why Take-Two Interactive Might Be a Good Buy Right NowStock has lost 8.6% this yearTake-Two Interactive (TTWO) stock had been on a roll for the last few years. The stock is up 370% in the last five years and 156% in the last three years. The stock
Activision (ATVI) announces that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice game sales exceeded 2 million copies globally in less than 10 days of its release.
Will Activision Blizzard Bounce Back after Its $29 Billion Loss?(Continued from Prior Part)Activision Blizzard stock was trading at $84 in October 2018 Activision Blizzard (ATVI) stock was trading at ~$84 in October 2018. The stock has since lost 43%
Each loot box offers a chance at winning digital costumes or better players that help their teams perform better. Loot boxes are extremely lucrative for the game publishers, generating billions of dollars in high-margin profits. Although loot boxes have been around for years, the monetization strategy is now coming under more scrutiny, with critics likening it to gambling aimed at the young.
During a panel today at Star Wars™ Celebration in Chicago, Respawn Entertainment, a studio of Electronic Arts (EA), announced that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, a new third-person action adventure game, will launch on November 15, 2019 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC via Origin™. The game will feature an authentic story set shortly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith™, when the Jedi have fallen.
Will Activision Blizzard Bounce Back after Its $29 Billion Loss?(Continued from Prior Part)Activision Blizzard’s sales are expected to fall 11.6% in 2019The global gaming market continues to grow at a robust pace. The gaming market is expected to
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) is one of the most important interactive software and content developers, holding the keys to some of the biggest video game franchises. After being a darling among investors from 2014 to the last quarter of 2018, ATVI stock has dropped more than 40% from its early October highs.Source: Shutterstock The group is expected to report quarterly earnings on May 2. So what kind of price performance can we expect from the company around its earnings release? And will ATVI stock ultimately become a strong buy-candidate in the second quarter?Although I would not bet against ATVI stock's future, between now and the earnings release date, I expect to see further volatility and possible price weakness in Activision Blizzard stock. Here is why:InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Current Headwinds for Activision Blizzard StockIncreased Competition: The global gaming market has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenues in 2021. The success of mobile gaming, which accounts for half of the gaming revenue, is one of the most important drivers behind this growth. * 7 AI Stocks to Watch with Strong Long-Term Narratives Going forward, analysts believe eSports will become a major disruptive force, with a market that will exceed $1 billion this year and with a revenue increase of 26.7% year-over-year. Most of the revenues for the companies in this segment currently come from North America and China.Such a growth industry inevitably attracts global competition. For example, Fortnite, an apocalyptic survival video game developed and marketed by the privately held Epic Games, generated $2.4 billion in revenue last year, more than any single game in 2018. The free-to-play game has become a worldwide champion among gamers of all ages.Earnings Season Worries: ATVI is one of the largest gaming companies globally in terms of revenue and market cap. The company has five core divisions: * Activision, which produces franchises such as Call of Duty and Destiny and focusing on console gaming; * Blizzard, which produces franchises such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch and focusing on online PC games with an emphasis on subscription-based business models; * King Digital, which produces mobile games; * Activision Blizzard Studios, a television and film studio that produces original content based on ATVI's existing franchises; and * MLG, which is an online eSports broadcasting network which produces titles like the Overwatch League.Activision Blizzard is currently franchise-reliant, whereas competition like Fortnite tends to focus on video game volume. In other words, if ATVI's core franchises were to lose popularity, the company would face fiscal and market consequences and the stock price would suffer.When Activision Blizzard reported earnings on Feb. 12, Wall Street was hoping to see the company to dispel fears of Fortnite and other competition. However, the company's fourth-quarter financial results left some investors raising an eyebrow as the number of monthly active users (MAUs) showed a steady decline in 2018 -- a possible sign that Fortnite has indeed been luring away ATVI fans.While Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has done well, the Destiny franchise has been underperforming. Finally, Activision Blizzard's 2019 guidance that was less than impressive, with a forecasted drop in revenue to $6.3 billion from $7.5 billion in 2018. The company is also decreasing the global headcount by 8%.Analysts have also been concerned about the impact of several high-profile exits among Activision executives. The industry would rather report the company's successful franchises and positive player experiences than worries over the managerial void. For example, Activision Blizzard is continuing to bet big on eSports and investors are hoping that a bigger fan base would also translate into larger live events and merchandise sales. However, the numbers to positively affect the bottom line are not there yet.In short, most investors are likely to wait on the sidelines until they have more have a chance to analyze the balance sheet. Unless the numbers and the rest of the 2019 guidance are exceptional in May, investors may decide not to invest in the stock for several more weeks -- or even months. Short-Term Technical Analysis of ATVI StockDespite the broader market rally of 2019 which has pushed the prices of many tech stocks significantly higher, year-to-date, Activision Blizzard stock is up only around 2%. On the other hand, the stock price of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), one of ATVI's main competitors, is up 27% in 2019.ATVI stock's 52-week price range has been $84.68 (Oct. 1, 2018)-$39.85 (Feb. 11, 2019) and its 2019 gains have come mostly in March. Therefore, its short-term technical indicators have now become overextended. Investors who pay attention to short-term oscillators should note that ATVI's technical message has also become "overbought."Nonetheless, ATVI's current price is still under the 200-day moving average, a long-term trend-following technical indicator, which currently is at $53.3. While long-term investors would like to see ATVI stock go over the $50 level, traders are likely to keep the range between $47.50 and $42.50. Ultimately, ATVI's price will need to stabilize and build a base again before a long-term sustained leg up can occur.If you already own ATVI stock, you might want to hold your position. However, within the parameters of your portfolio allocation and risk/return profile, you may consider placing a stop loss at about 3%-5% below the current price point.If you are an experienced investor in the options market, you may also consider using a covered call strategy with approximately a six-week time horizon. In that case, you may, for example, buy 100 shares of ATVI at a limit price of $47.17 (the closing price on Apr. 11) and, at the same time, sell a ATVI May 31 $47.5 call option, which currently trades at $2.7.The $47.50 option is almost at-the-money, offering downside protection in case of volatility and a decline in Activision Blizzard stock. This call option would stop trading on May 31, 2019, and expire on June 1.After the upcoming earnings call, if you still believe in the bull case for Activision Blizzard stock, then you might consider waiting for a better time to buy, such as when the share price is around the low $40's, or even high $30's. The Bottom Line on ATVI StockWith its strong franchise focus, Activision Blizzard is an important company that is likely to weather the ebbs and flows of the industry. The rise of the digital gaming revolution is here to stay, and I believe the long-term fundamental story of ATVI stock is still intact.Investors who are interested in companies in the interactive software, entertainment or communication services but do not want to commit all their capital to a single stock such as ATVI may also consider investing in various exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have Activision Blizzard as a holding. Examples of such funds would include the Invesco Dynamic Software ETF (NYSEARCA:PSJ), the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NYSEARCA:ESPO) or the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLC).As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * FAANNG Stocks, Ranked From Cheapest to Most Expensive * 7 Stocks With a Lot on the Line This Earnings Season * 7 Marijuana Companies: Which Pot Stocks Should You Buy? Compare Brokers The post Should You Consider Buying Activision Blizzard Stock Before Earnings? appeared first on InvestorPlace.