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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Results for Fiscal First Quarter 2019

August 2, 2018

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 2, 2018--Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today reported results for its fiscal first quarter 2019, ended June 30, 2018. In addition, the Company provided its initial financial outlook for its fiscal second quarter ending September 30, 2018, and updated its financial outlook for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For additional information, please see the first quarter fiscal 2019 results slide deck posted to the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.take2games.com.

Impact of Recently Adopted Accounting Standard

On April 1, 2018, the Company adopted FASB ASU 2014-09 (Topic 606), Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Topic 606 significantly changes how the Company recognizes and reports net revenue and net income; however, it does not materially impact Net Bookings (our operational metric). Financial data for periods prior to April 1, 2018 has not been restated. Additional information about the Company’s adoption of Topic 606 will be included in Take-Two’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2018.

Fiscal First Quarter 2019 GAAP Financial Highlights

Net revenue was $388.0 million, as compared to $418.2 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (virtual currency, add-on content and in-game purchases) accounted for 62% of total net revenue, as compared to 41% in last year’s fiscal first quarter. The largest contributors to net revenue in fiscal first quarter 2019 were Grand Theft Auto® Online and Grand Theft Auto V, NBA® 2K18, Dragon City and Monster Legends, and WWE® SuperCard and WWE 2K18.

Digitally-delivered net revenue grew to $315.0 million, as compared to $268.2 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter, and accounted for 81% of total net revenue, as compared to 64% in last year’s fiscal first quarter. The largest contributors to digitally-delivered net revenue in fiscal first quarter 2019 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K18, Monster Legends and Dragon City, and WWE SuperCard.

Net income increased to $71.7 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, as compared to $60.3 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the comparable period last year.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had cash and short-term investments of $1.102 billion.

The following data, together with a management reporting tax rate of 20%, 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:

In order to calculate net income per diluted share for management reporting purposes, the Company uses its fully diluted share count of 116.0 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 2019, total Net Bookings were $288.3 million, as compared to $348.3 million during last year’s fiscal first quarter, which had benefitted from the release of the Gunrunning update for Grand Theft Auto Online. Net Bookings from recurrent consumer spending accounted for 63% of total Net Bookings, as compared to 59% in last year’s fiscal first quarter. The largest contributors to Net Bookings in fiscal first quarter 2019 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K18, Dragon City and Monster Legends, and WWE SuperCard and WWE 2K18.

Catalog accounted for $282.3 million of Net Bookings led by Grand Theft Auto, NBA 2K, and Dragon City and Monster Legends.

Digitally-delivered Net Bookings were $252.8 million, as compared to $280.9 million in last year’s fiscal first quarter, and accounted for 88% of total Net Bookings, as compared to 81% in last year’s fiscal first quarter. The largest contributors to digitally-delivered Net Bookings in fiscal first quarter 2019 were Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K18, Monster Legends and Dragon City, and WWE SuperCard and WWE 2K18.

Management Comments

“Fiscal 2019 is off to a solid start, with first quarter operating results that exceeded our expectations,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “This performance was driven by better-than-expected recurrent consumer spending on Grand Theft Auto Online and NBA 2K18, as well as robust ongoing demand for Grand Theft Auto V, which is now approaching 100 million units sold-in to date. Accordingly, we are increasing our operating outlook for fiscal year 2019.

“We are incredibly excited about the October 26 th launch of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, as well as the upcoming releases of NBA 2K19 – which marks the 20 th anniversary of the series and the 30 th  anniversary of the Visual Concepts development team – and WWE 2K19. Fiscal 2019 is poised to be another year of profitable growth for Take-Two, and we expect to deliver record operating results. Looking ahead, we have a strong development pipeline across our labels and are exceedingly well positioned for long-term growth and margin expansion.”

Business and Product Highlights

Since April 1, 2018:

Take-Two:

Repurchased 1.60 million shares of its common stock for $153.5 million.

Rockstar Games:

Released Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition for PlayStation ® 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The Premium Online Edition includes the complete Grand Theft Auto V story experience, the ever-evolving world of Grand Theft Auto Online, and all existing gameplay upgrades and content. Purchasers also receive the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack that gives players access to a huge range of content including properties, vehicles, weapons and more valued at over GTA$10,000,000 plus GTA$1,000,000 Bonus Cash. Released new free content updates for Grand Theft Auto Online, including: GTA Online: After Hours, which enables players to partner with legendary club impresario Tony Prince to open and operate a top-shelf nightclub featuring world-class DJ acts and use that club as a front for a network of criminal enterprises.Two new modes for The Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series update: Weeny Issi Classic Races and Target Assault Races.Seven new Transform Races, including Canal Crosser, Size Matters, the Grotti Circuit, Plane and Simple, Evolution, Tug Life and Twister II.Madrazo Dispatch Services, a new set of assassination-based Contact Missions.Trap Door mode, where teams strapped with an arsenal of weaponry compete on a rapidly shrinking floating platform high above the Pacific.New Special Vehicle Circuit Races, including Imponte Deluxo Races, Ocelot Stromberg Races and Mammoth Thruster Races. Announced details for the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2, along with extra pre-order bonuses for all three versions and a unique assemblage of real-world collectibles inspired by the game.

2K:

Announced that NBA 2K18 has now sold-in more than 10 million units, setting a new record for the franchise. Since its inception in 1999, the NBA 2K franchise has sold-in more than 80 million units worldwide and is the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series of the past 17 years*. Announced that they will be the exclusive publisher of Saber Interactive’s upcoming arcade-action sports game – NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. This over-the-top, two-on-two basketball experience will complement 2K’s top-selling NBA 2K series and expand the label’s footprint in the basketball video game space. The title will be released this fall for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC. Announced that Milwaukee Bucks standout and two-time NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the cover athlete of the  NBA 2K19 Standard Edition, the next iteration of our top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series for the past 17 years, which will launch on September 11, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. Players who pre-order the NBA 2K19 Standard Edition receive bonus digital items, including virtual currency and MyTEAM cards. Also, 2K will release the NBA 2K19 20thAnniversary Edition, featuring three-time NBA Champion, four-time NBA MVP and avid  NBA 2K  gamer LeBron James on the cover. In addition to exclusive James-themed content and items, fans who purchase the  NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition will receive the game four days early, beginning on September 7, 2018. Players looking to get a head start on  NBA 2K19 ’s MyCAREER can download the all-new  NBA 2K19: The Prelude  beginning on August 31, 2018 available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Announced AJ Styles as the cover Superstar for WWE 2K19, the next release from our flagship WWE video game franchise, which will launch on October 9, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. 2K also disclosed plans for the WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge, where eligible entrants can participate in an international contest in which the finalist will compete one-on-one in WWE 2K19 against AJ Styles for the chance to win $1 million. Players who pre-order WWE 2K19 at participating retailers will receive two playable characters as a bonus, including “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey® and former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio® . In addition, players who purchase the WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition or WWE 2K19 Wooooo! Edition (featuring WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair) from participating retailers will receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 5, 2018. Announced that  Carnival Games®,  the next entry in the popular franchise that has sold-in over 9.5 million units worldwide, is coming to Nintendo Switch on November 6, 2018. Built from the ground up for Nintendo Switch,  Carnival Games  can be played alone or with up to four players simultaneously, leveraging the unique accessibility of the console’s Joy-Con controllers. The game features 20 exciting and re-imagined games in four unique alleys that can be played at home or on the go, alone or with family and friends.

Private Division:

Announced that Kerbal Space Program will be released on Tencent’s WeGame distribution platform as a premium PC game at a date to be determined.

* According to 2000 - 2018  and .

Financial Outlook for Fiscal 2019

Take-Two is providing its initial financial outlook for its fiscal second quarter ending September 30, 2018 and is updating its financial outlook for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, as follows:

Second Quarter Ending September 30, 2018

GAAP net revenue is expected to range from $480 to $530 million GAAP net income is expected to range from $50 to $62 million GAAP diluted net income per share is expected to range from $0.43 to $0.53 Share count used to calculate GAAP diluted net income per share is expected to be 116.9 million (1) Net Bookings (operational metric) are expected to range from $500 to $550 million

The Company is also providing selected data and its management reporting tax rate of 20% that 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:

Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019

GAAP net revenue is expected to range from $2.50 to $2.60 billion GAAP net income is expected to range from $169 to $199 million GAAP diluted net income per share is expected to range from $1.45 to $1.70 Share count used to calculate GAAP diluted net income per share is expected to be 116.9 million (3) Net cash provided by operating activities is expected to be approximately $785 million, which includes an increase of $72.0 million recorded in fiscal first quarter 2019 due to the Company’s adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $60 million Net Bookings (operational metric) are expected to range from $2.70 to $2.80 billion

The Company is also providing selected data and its management reporting tax rate of 20% that 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:

Key assumptions and dependencies underlying the Company’s financial outlook include: the timely delivery of the titles included in this financial outlook; continued consumer acceptance of Xbox One and PlayStation 4; the ability to develop and publish products that capture market share for these new-generation systems while also leveraging opportunities on Nintendo Switch, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and mobile platforms; and stable foreign exchange rates. See also “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements” below.

Product Releases

The following titles were released since April 1, 2018:

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