Activision Blizzard Announces Second Quarter 2023 Financial Results

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Second Quarter Net Bookings Grew 50% Year-Over-Year

Second Quarter GAAP Operating Income and Segment Operating Income Each Grew Over 70% Year-Over-Year

Blizzard Delivered Its First $1B Net Bookings Quarter and Record Segment Operating Income, Driven by the Successful Launch of Diablo IV

Merger Agreement with Microsoft Extended to October 18, 2023 In Return for Higher Termination Fee, New Commercial Arrangements. Activision Blizzard Board Declares $0.99 Per Share Dividend.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced second quarter 2023 results.

“This quarter, our talented teams delivered strong performance for our players and shareholders. We delivered a 50% year-over-year increase in net bookings, operating income growth over 70%, earnings per share growth over 80%, and a record quarter for Blizzard with over $1 billion in net bookings for the first time,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “Most importantly, we continue to set new standards of excellence for workplace culture and provide joy and connection to hundreds of millions of players around the world. While we continue to have concerns about the economy and growing industry competition, we remain focused on the long-term opportunities ahead and completing our merger with Microsoft.”

Financial Metrics

 

 

Q2

(in millions, except EPS)

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

GAAP Net Revenues

 

$

2,207

 

$

1,644

 

Impact of GAAP deferralsA

 

$

254

 

$

(7

)

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Diluted EPS

 

$

0.74

 

$

0.36

 

Non-GAAP Diluted EPS

 

$

0.91

 

$

0.48

 

Impact of GAAP deferralsA

 

$

0.17

 

$

(0.01

)

Please refer to the tables at the back of this earnings release for a reconciliation of the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2023, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were $2.21 billion, as compared with $1.64 billion for the second quarter of 2022. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were $2.01 billion. GAAP operating margin was 26%. GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.74, as compared with $0.36 for the second quarter of 2022. On a non-GAAP basis, Activision Blizzard’s operating margin was 32% and earnings per diluted share was $0.91, as compared with $0.48 for the second quarter of 2022.

Activision Blizzard generated $590 million in operating cash flow for the quarter as compared with $198 million for the second quarter of 2022.

Please refer to the tables at the back of this earnings release for a reconciliation of the company’s GAAP and non-GAAP results.

Operating Metrics

For the quarter ended June 30, 2023, Activision Blizzard’s net bookingsB were $2.46 billion, as compared with $1.64 billion for the second quarter of 2022. In-game net bookingsC were $1.56 billion, as compared with $1.20 billion for the second quarter of 2022.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2023, overall Activision Blizzard Monthly Active Users (MAUs)D were 356 million.

Microsoft Transaction

As announced on January 18, 2022, Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $95.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both Activision Blizzard and Microsoft and by Activision Blizzard’s stockholders.

On July 18, 2023, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft entered into an agreement waiving certain rights to terminate the merger agreement if the merger has not been consummated prior to October 18, 2023. The terms of the agreement include an increase in the termination fee payable to Activision Blizzard from $3.0 billion to $3.5 billion if the transaction is terminated after August 29, 2023, and to $4.5 billion if the transaction is terminated after September 15, 2023. The agreement also includes amendments to Activision Blizzard’s commercial Xbox arrangements with Microsoft, valued at up to $250 million for each of fiscal years 2023 and 2024. The agreement further enables Activision Blizzard to declare and pay one regular cash dividend for fiscal year 2023 of up to $0.99 per share, prior to and not contingent on the closing of the transaction. Please refer to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 19, 2023 for further detail.

Also on July 18, 2023, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.99 per share of the Company’s outstanding common stock, payable on August 17, 2023, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 2, 2023 from cash on hand.

Conference Call and Earnings Presentation

In light of the proposed transaction with Microsoft, and as is customary during the pendency of an acquisition, Activision Blizzard will not be hosting a conference call, issuing an earnings presentation, or providing detailed quantitative financial guidance in conjunction with its second quarter 2023 earnings release. For further detail and discussion of our financial performance, please refer to Activision Blizzard's upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023.

Selected Business Highlights

Activision Blizzard continued to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment in the second quarter. Our talented teams delivered compelling content across platforms, geographies and business models, delighting our communities and driving strong financial results. Net bookings grew 50% year-over-year in the second quarter, while GAAP operating income and segment operating income each grew over 70% year-over-year.

Each of our business units grew net bookings year-over-year in the second quarter. Blizzard delivered its first $1 billion net bookings quarter following the record-setting launch of Diablo® IV, Blizzard’s fastest-selling title to date. Player investment in live operations content drove 17% year-over-year net bookings growth for Activision and another quarterly net bookings record at King. Activision Blizzard in-game net bookings grew 30% year-over-year in the second quarter, and represent over 60% of total net bookings over the last 12 months. Net bookings on the mobile platform grew 4% year-over-year, and represent approximately 40% of total net bookings over the last 12 months.

We expect to deliver strong financial performance for the full year, driven by the successful reinvigoration of the Diablo franchise and growth in live operations across the company. We do remain cognizant of risks, including those related to our execution, the consumer spending environment, and the labor market, and we are forecasting our second half content releases prudently. We continue to expect at least high-teens year-over-year growth for GAAP revenue in 2023, and at least high-single digit year-over-year growth in net bookings and total segment operating income for the year. This outlook does not incorporate potential financial benefits included in the Microsoft extension announced today.

Activision

  • Activision segment revenue grew 17% year-over-year in the second quarter, while operating income increased over 80% year-over-year, driven by growth across the Call of Duty® franchise.
  • Net bookings on PC and console grew strongly year-over-year, as players continued to engage and invest in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare® II universe. Premium Call of Duty sales grew sharply year-over-year. Second quarter in-game net bookings were higher than both the first quarter and the year ago period, with Season 3 being the highest-grossing Modern Warfare II in-game season to date, driven by a strong community response to gameplay enhancements and the new BlackCell battle pass offering. Our teams are looking forward to releasing additional seasons of new content and ongoing community updates in the coming months.
  • Call of Duty Mobile engagement and net bookings were stable year-over-year, with the team continuing to see a positive response to enhancements to the player experience and optimization of live operations. Lifetime worldwide consumer spending on Call of Duty Mobile since its October 2019 launch passed $3 billion in the second quarter.
  • Call of Duty approaches its 20-year anniversary in October with around 90 million monthly players, with over half of all engagement on the mobile platform. Activision’s teams are hard at work on major new installments in the franchise slated for the fourth quarter. Development of this year's full annual premium release on PC and console is proceeding well. Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile™, an ambitious, internally developed mobile game tightly integrated with the PC and console experience, continues to progress through regional testing.

Blizzard

  • In the second quarter, Blizzard segment revenue grew over 160% year-over-year and operating income more than tripled year-over-year, each setting new quarterly records, driven by the launch of Diablo IV.
  • As of the end of the second quarter, Diablo IV had sold-through more units than any other Blizzard title at an equivalent stage of release. Over 10 million players experienced Diablo IV in June, playing for over 700 million hours, and retention trends for the title are particularly strong.
  • The launch of Diablo IV marks the start of a live service plan designed to deeply engage the Diablo community and create opportunities for continued player investment. July 20 sees the release of Diablo IV’s first quarterly season, Season of the Malignant, bringing new themes, content, and fresh gameplay to the community. Blizzard’s teams are also making strong progress on expansions that will deliver major new features and continue the game’s acclaimed narrative for many years to come.
  • Following the launch of Diablo IV, Blizzard also saw increased engagement in Diablo Immortal, with June monthly net bookings for the mobile and PC title reaching the highest level since January. Elsewhere on mobile, Warcraft: Arclight Rumble, an action strategy game internally developed at Blizzard, continues to progress through testing ahead of its regional soft launch.
  • Blizzard continued to engage the Overwatch® and Warcraft® communities with live operations in the second quarter. While engagement and player investment in Overwatch 2 declined sequentially in the quarter, the Overwatch team is looking forward to the August 10 release of Overwatch 2: Invasion. This will be the largest seasonal update yet, planned to include new PVE Story Missions, a new game mode, and a new hero progression system as well as an additional hero.
  • The World of Warcraft® team is delivering more content faster than ever before following the November release of the Dragonflight™ expansion for the Modern game, and subscriber retention in the West remains higher than at the equivalent stage of recent Modern expansions.

King

  • King segment revenue grew 9% year-over-year to a new quarterly record, equivalent to 10% year-over-year growth on a constant currency basisE, again driven by strong execution across Candy Crush™ live operations and user acquisition. Segment operating income was slightly lower year-over-year due to increased investment in marketing, which is expected to contribute to operating income growth in future quarters.
  • In-game net bookings increased 10% year-over-year. The spring Candy Crush All Stars tournament, the first to include contestants from multiple continents, drove particularly strong year-over-year growth in installs and player investment in the Candy Crush franchise in April. Candy Crush payer numbers again grew year-over-year in the second quarter, and Candy Crush was the top-grossing game franchise in the U.S. app stores1 for the 24th quarter in a row.
  • In the second quarter King saw further benefits from the acquisition of Peltarion, an AI technology company acquired in June 2022. Peltarion’s machine learning technology is helping King to accelerate the production and testing of Candy Crush live operations and to offer more relevant game content to players. King is now working on additional use cases involving generative AI to assist its developers in accelerating their workflow.
  • King’s advertising business grew year-over-year in the second quarter, with growth across direct brand advertisers and partner networks. Direct sales benefited from the rollout of innovative new ad formats and success in targeting new verticals, while indirect growth was driven by enhancements to our platform and the ramp of new partners.

Building the Model Workplace

Activision Blizzard remains focused on setting a new standard for workplace excellence and transparency. In May, the company released its first annual Transparency Report, explaining how we are delivering on our commitments to employees, shareholders, players, and other stakeholders, and highlighting the work that has helped us to build what we believe is among the most welcoming and inclusive workplaces in our industry. The report contains detailed reviews of the policies, processes, and programs Activision Blizzard employs to achieve its workplace ambitions, as well as comprehensive data and details of workplace conduct. We believe we are among a handful of Fortune 500 companies sharing this level of workplace detail, and in doing so, we hope to encourage other organizations to follow suit. Please refer to our DEFA14A filed on May 31, 2023 for further detail.

Overwatch League™

As previously disclosed, our collaborative arrangements for our professional esports leagues continue to face headwinds. During the second quarter, we amended certain terms of our collaborative arrangements with team entities participating in the Overwatch League. According to the amended terms, following the conclusion of the current Overwatch League season, the teams will vote on an updated operating agreement. If the teams do not vote to continue under an updated operating agreement, a termination fee of $6 million will be payable to each participating team entity (total fee of approximately $114 million). As of June 30, 2023, a termination liability has not been accrued. Total revenues from the Overwatch League comprise less than 1% of our consolidated net revenues.

Balance Sheet

Cash and short-term investments at the end of the second quarter stood at $13.2 billion, and Activision Blizzard ended the quarter with a net cashF position of approximately $9.5 billion.

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About Activision Blizzard

Our mission, to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment, has never been more important. Through communities rooted in our video games we enable hundreds of millions of people to experience joy, thrill and achievement. We enable social connections through the lens of fun, and we foster purpose and a sense of accomplishment through healthy competition. Like sport, but with greater accessibility, our players can find purpose and meaning through competitive gaming. Video games, unlike any other social or entertainment media, have the ability to break down the barriers that can inhibit tolerance and understanding. Celebrating differences is at the core of our culture and ensures we can create games for players of diverse backgrounds in the 190 countries our games are played.

As a member of the Fortune 500 and as a component company of the S&P 500, we have an extraordinary track record of delivering superior shareholder returns for over 30 years. Our sustained success has enabled the company to support corporate social responsibility initiatives that are directly tied to our games. As an example, our Call of Duty Endowment has helped find employment for over 100,000 veterans.

Learn more information about Activision Blizzard and how we connect and engage the world through epic entertainment on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com2.

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A Net effect of accounting treatment from revenue deferrals on certain of our online-enabled products. Since certain of our games are hosted online or include significant online functionality that represents a separate performance obligation, we defer the transaction price allocable to the online functionality from the sale of these games and then recognize the attributable revenues over the relevant estimated service periods, which are generally less than a year. The related cost of revenues is deferred and recognized as an expense as the related revenues are recognized. Impact from changes in deferrals refers to the net effect from revenue deferrals accounting treatment for the purposes of revenues, along with, for the purposes of EPS, the related cost of revenues deferrals treatment and the related tax impacts. Internally, management excludes the impact of this change in deferred revenues and related cost of revenues when evaluating the company’s operating performance, when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, and when assessing the performance of its management team. Management believes this is appropriate because doing so enables an analysis of performance based on the timing of actual transactions with our customers. In addition, management believes excluding the change in deferred revenues and the related cost of revenues provides a much more timely indication of trends in our operating results.

B Net bookings is an operating metric that is defined as the net amount of products and services sold digitally or sold-in physically in the period, and includes license fees, merchandise, and publisher incentives, among others, and is equal to net revenues excluding the impact from deferrals.

C In-game net bookings primarily includes the net amount of microtransactions and downloadable content sold during the period, and is equal to in-game net revenues excluding the impact from deferrals.

D Monthly Active User (“MAU”) Definition: We monitor MAUs as a key measure of the overall size of our user base. MAUs are the number of individuals who accessed a particular game in a given month. We calculate average MAUs in a period by adding the total number of MAUs in each of the months in a given period and dividing that total by the number of months in the period. An individual who accesses two of our games would be counted as two users. In addition, due to technical limitations, for Activision and King, an individual who accesses the same game on two platforms or devices in the relevant period would be counted as two users. For Blizzard, an individual who accesses the same game on two platforms or devices in the relevant period would generally be counted as a single user. In certain instances, we rely on third parties to publish our games. In these instances, MAU data is based on information provided to us by those third parties, or, if final data is not available, reasonable estimates of MAUs for these third-party published games.

E Year-over-year growth on a constant currency basis is calculated by translating current quarter local currency amounts to U.S. dollars based on prior period exchange rates. These amounts are compared to the prior period to derive constant-currency year-over-year performance. We present constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of currency rate fluctuations.

  • Total net bookings increased by 50% year-over-year for the second quarter of 2023. On a constant currency basis, total net bookings increased 51% year-over-year for the second quarter of 2023 as currency rate changes negatively impacted year-over-year growth in the quarter by 1 percentage point.
  • Activision segment net revenues grew by 17% year-over-year, Blizzard segment net revenues grew by 164%, and King segment net revenues grew by 9% for the second quarter of 2023. On a constant currency year-over-year basis, Activision segment net revenue grew 19%, Blizzard segment net revenue grew 172%, and King segment net revenue grew 10% for the second quarter of 2023, as currency rate changes negatively impacted Activision segment net revenue year-over-growth by 2 percentage points, Blizzard segment net revenue year-over-growth by 8 percentage points, and King segment net revenue year-over-year growth by 1 percentage point.

F Net cash is defined as cash and cash equivalents ($10.8B as of June 30, 2023) and short-term investments ($2.4B as of June 30, 2023) minus gross debt ($3.7B as of June 30, 2023).

Non-GAAP Financial Measures: As a supplement to our financial measures presented in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), Activision Blizzard presents certain non-GAAP measures of financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as more important than, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the items associated with the company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Activision Blizzard provides net income (loss), earnings (loss) per share, and operating margin data and guidance both including (in accordance with GAAP) and excluding (non-GAAP) certain items. When relevant, the company also provides constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of currency rate fluctuations. In addition, Activision Blizzard provides EBITDA (defined as GAAP net income (loss) before interest (income) expense, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization) and adjusted EBITDA (defined as non-GAAP operating margin (see non-GAAP financial measure below) before depreciation). The non-GAAP financial measures exclude the following items, as applicable in any given reporting period and our outlook:

  • expenses related to share-based compensation, including liability awards accounted for under ASC 718;
  • the amortization of intangibles from purchase price accounting;
  • fees and other expenses related to mergers and acquisitions, including related debt financings, and refinancing of long-term debt, including penalties and the write off of unamortized discount and deferred financing costs;
  • restructuring and related charges;
  • expenses related to the wind down of our partnership with NetEase in China in regards to licenses covering the publication of several Blizzard titles which expired in January 2023;
  • other non-cash charges from reclassification of certain cumulative translation adjustments into earnings as required by GAAP;
  • the income tax adjustments associated with any of the above items (tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results); and
  • significant discrete tax-related items, including amounts related to changes in tax laws, amounts related to the potential or final resolution of tax positions, and other unusual or unique tax-related items and activities.

In the future, Activision Blizzard may also consider whether other items should also be excluded in calculating the non-GAAP financial measures used by the company. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with additional useful information to measure Activision Blizzard’s financial and operating performance. In particular, the measures facilitate comparison of operating performance between periods and help investors to better understand the operating results of Activision Blizzard by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the company’s core business, operating results, or future outlook. Additionally, we consider quantitative and qualitative factors in assessing whether to adjust for the impact of items that may be significant or that could affect an understanding of our ongoing financial and business performance or trends. Internally, management uses these non-GAAP financial measures, along with others, in assessing the company’s operating results, and measuring compliance with the requirements of the company’s debt financing agreements, as well as in planning and forecasting.

Activision Blizzard’s non-GAAP financial measures are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, and the terms non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP operating margin, and non-GAAP or adjusted EBITDA do not have a standardized meaning. Therefore, other companies may use the same or similarly named measures, but exclude different items, which may not provide investors a comparable view of Activision Blizzard’s performance in relation to other companies.

Management compensates for the limitations resulting from the exclusion of these items by considering the impact of the items separately and by considering Activision Blizzard’s GAAP, as well as non-GAAP, results and outlook, and by presenting the most comparable GAAP measures directly ahead of non-GAAP measures, and by providing a reconciliation that indicates and describes the adjustments made.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: The statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements including, but not limited to: (1) projections of revenues, expenses, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, cash flow, or other financial items; (2) statements of our plans and objectives, including those related to releases of products, services, features or other content; (3) statements of future financial or operating performance, including the impact of tax items thereon; (4) statements regarding the proposed transaction between Activision Blizzard and Microsoft pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 18, 2022, by and among Activision Blizzard, Microsoft, and Anchorage Merger Sub Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft (as may be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Merger Agreement” and such transaction, “the proposed transaction with Microsoft”), including any statements regarding the expected timetable for completing the proposed transaction with Microsoft, the ability to complete the proposed transaction with Microsoft, and the expected benefits of the proposed transaction with Microsoft; (5) statements regarding building the model workplace; (6) statements regarding potential termination fees payable in connection with the Overwatch League; and (7) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Activision Blizzard, Inc. generally uses words such as “outlook,” “forecast,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “to be,” “plan,” “aims,” “believes,” “may,” “might,” “expects,” “intends,” “seeks,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” “future,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming,” and the negative version of these words and other similar words and expressions to help identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to business and economic risks, reflect management’s current expectations, estimates, and projections about our business, and are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict.

We caution that a number of important factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause our actual future results and other future circumstances to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the risk that the proposed transaction with Microsoft may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect our business and the price of our common stock; the failure to satisfy the conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction with Microsoft, including the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals (which may or may not be received on a timely basis or at all); the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; the effect of the announcement or pendency of the proposed transaction with Microsoft on our business relationships, operating results, and business generally; risks that the proposed transaction with Microsoft disrupts our current plans and operations and potential difficulties in employee retention and recruitment as a result of the proposed transaction with Microsoft; risks related to diverting management’s attention from ongoing business operations; the outcome of any legal proceedings that have been or may be instituted against us related to the Merger Agreement or the transactions contemplated thereby; restrictions during the pendency of the proposed transaction with Microsoft that may impact our ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; uncertainty about current and future economic conditions and other adverse changes in general political conditions in any of the major countries in which we do business; decline in demand for our products and services if general economic conditions decline; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; our ability to deliver popular, high-quality content in a timely manner; negative impacts on our business resulting from concerns regarding our workplace, including associated legal proceedings; our ability to attract, retain, and motivate skilled personnel; future impacts from COVID-19; the level of demand for our games and products; our ability to meet customer expectations with respect to our brands, games, services, and/or business practices; competition; our reliance on a relatively small number of franchises for a significant portion of our revenues and profits; negative impacts from the results of collective bargaining, legal proceedings related to unionization, or campaigns by unions directed at our workforce; our ability to adapt to rapid technological change and allocate our resources accordingly; the increasing importance of digital sales and the risks of that business model; our ability to effectively manage the scope and complexity of our business, including risks related to our professional esports business model; our reliance on third-party platforms, which are also our competitors, for the distribution of products; our dependence on the success and availability of video game consoles manufactured by third parties and our ability to develop commercially successful products for these consoles; the increasing importance of free-to-play games and the risks of that business model; the risks and uncertainties of conducting business outside the U.S., including the need for regulatory approval to operate, the relatively weaker protection for our intellectual property rights, and the impact of cultural differences on consumer preferences; insolvency or business failure of any of our business partners; the importance of retail sales to our business and the risks of that business model; any difficulties in integrating acquired businesses or realizing the anticipated benefits of strategic transactions; seasonality in the sale of our products; fluctuation in our recurring business; the risk of distributors, retailers, development, and licensing partners or other third parties being unable to honor their commitments or otherwise putting our brand at risk; our reliance on tools and technologies owned by third parties; our use of open source software; risks associated with undisclosed content or features in our games; impact of objectionable consumer- or other third-party-created content on our operating results or reputation; outages, disruptions, or degradations in our services, products, and/or technological infrastructure; cybersecurity-related attacks, significant data breaches, fraudulent activity, or disruption of our information technology systems or networks; significant disruption during our live events; catastrophic events; climate change; provisions in our corporate documents and Delaware state law that could delay or prevent a change of control; other legal proceedings; increasing regulation in key territories over our business, products, and distribution; changes in government regulation relating to the Internet; our compliance with evolving data privacy laws and regulations; scrutiny regarding the appropriateness of the content in our games and our ability to receive target ratings for certain titles; changes in tax rates and/or tax laws and exposure to additional tax liabilities; changes in financial accounting standards or the application of existing or future standards as our business evolves; and the other factors included in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are based on information available to Activision Blizzard, Inc. as of the date of this filing, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ from those expressed in forward-looking statements. As such, you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We have based the forward-looking statements contained herein primarily on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our business, financial condition, operating results, prospects, strategy, and financial needs. These statements are not guarantees of our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product sales

$

520

 

 

$

304

 

 

$

1,215

 

 

$

690

 

In-game, subscription, and other revenues

 

1,687

 

 

 

1,340

 

 

 

3,375

 

 

 

2,722

 

Total net revenues

 

2,207

 

 

 

1,644

 

 

 

4,590

 

 

 

3,412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues—product sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product costs

 

116

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

172

 

Software royalties and amortization

 

105

 

 

 

63

 

 

 

207

 

 

 

144

 

Cost of revenues—in-game, subscription, and other:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game operations and distribution costs

 

373

 

 

 

317

 

 

 

736

 

 

 

605

 

Software royalties and amortization

 

62

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

126

 

 

 

43

 

Product development

 

405

 

 

 

311

 

 

 

807

 

 

 

658

 

Sales and marketing

 

333

 

 

 

263

 

 

 

611

 

 

 

514

 

General and administrative

 

230

 

 

 

247

 

 

 

468

 

 

 

459

 

Total costs and expenses

 

1,624

 

 

 

1,306

 

 

 

3,207

 

 

 

2,595

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

583

 

 

 

338

 

 

 

1,383

 

 

 

817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense from debt

 

27

 

 

 

27

 

 

 

54

 

 

 

54

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

(168

)

 

 

(10

)

 

 

(290

)

 

 

(23

)

Income before income tax expense

 

724

 

 

 

321

 

 

 

1,619

 

 

 

786

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

137

 

 

 

41

 

 

 

291

 

 

 

111

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

587

 

 

$

280

 

 

$

1,328

 

 

$

675

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.75

 

 

$

0.36

 

 

$

1.69

 

 

$

0.86

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding

 

786

 

 

 

782

 

 

 

785

 

 

 

781

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.74

 

 

$

0.36

 

 

$

1.67

 

 

$

0.86

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding assuming dilution

 

794

 

 

 

788

 

 

 

793

 

 

 

787

 

 

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

June 30, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

10,770

 

 

$

7,060

 

Held-to-maturity investments

 

2,314

 

 

 

4,932

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

1,035

 

 

 

1,204

 

Software development

 

762

 

 

 

640

 

Other current assets

 

615

 

 

 

633

 

Total current assets

 

15,496

 

 

 

14,469

 

Software development

 

684

 

 

 

641

 

Property and equipment, net

 

204

 

 

 

193

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

1,289

 

 

 

1,201

 

Other assets

 

479

 

 

 

508

 

Intangible assets, net

 

437

 

 

 

442

 

Goodwill

 

9,929

 

 

 

9,929

 

Total assets

$

28,518

 

 

$

27,383

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

225

 

 

$

324

 

Deferred revenues

 

1,877

 

 

 

2,088

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

1,220

 

 

 

1,143

 

Total current liabilities

 

3,322

 

 

 

3,555

 

Long-term debt, net

 

3,612

 

 

 

3,611

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

32

 

 

 

158

 

Other liabilities

 

759

 

 

 

816

 

Total liabilities

 

7,725

 

 

 

8,140

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

Common stock

 

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

12,489

 

 

 

12,260

 

Treasury stock

 

(5,563

)

 

 

(5,563

)

Retained earnings

 

14,498

 

 

 

13,171

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(631

)

 

 

(625

)

Total shareholders’ equity

 

20,793

 

 

 

19,243

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

28,518

 

 

$

27,383

 

 
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2022

 

September 30, 2022

 

December 31, 2022

 

March 31, 2023

 

June 30, 2023

 

Year over Year % Increase (Decrease)

Cash Flow Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Cash Flow

 

$

198

 

$

257

 

$

1,123

 

$

577

 

$

590

 

198

%

Capital Expenditures

 

 

37

 

 

15

 

 

24

 

 

37

 

 

23

 

(38

)

Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow1

 

$

161

 

$

242

 

$

1,099

 

$

540

 

$

567

 

252

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Cash Flow - TTM2

 

$

2,022

 

$

1,758

 

$

2,220

 

$

2,155

 

$

2,547

 

26

 

Capital Expenditures - TTM2

 

 

96

 

 

88

 

 

91

 

 

113

 

 

99

 

3

 

Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow1 - TTM2

 

$

1,926

 

$

1,670

 

$

2,129

 

$

2,042

 

$

2,448

 

27

%

1

Non-GAAP free cash flow represents operating cash flow minus capital expenditures.

2

TTM represents trailing twelve months. Operating Cash Flow for three months ended September 30, 2021, three months ended December 31, 2021, and three months ended March 31, 2022, were $521 million, $661 million, and $642 million, respectively. Capital Expenditures for the three months ended September 30, 2021, three months ended December 31, 2021, and three months ended March 31, 2022, were $23 million, $21 million, and $15 million, respectively.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023

Net Revenues

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Product Costs

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales: Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Cost of

Revenues—

In-

game/Subs/Other:

Game Operations

and Distribution Costs

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Product

Development

Sales and

Marketing

General and

Administrative

Total Costs

and Expenses

GAAP Measurement

$

2,207

 

$

116

 

$

105

 

$

373

 

$

62

 

$

405

 

$

333

 

$

230

 

$

1,624

 

Share-based compensation1

 

 

 

 

 

(19

)

 

(1

)

 

(4

)

 

(45

)

 

(8

)

 

(25

)

 

(102

)

Partnership wind down and related costs2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(21

)

 

(21

)

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

2,207

 

$

116

 

$

86

 

$

372

 

$

58

 

$

360

 

$

325

 

$

186

 

$

1,503

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4

$

254

 

$

(6

)

$

98

 

$

3

 

$

(3

)

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

Income

Net Income

Basic Earnings

per Share

Diluted Earnings

per Share

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Measurement

$

583

 

$

587

 

$

0.75

 

$

0.74

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation1

 

102

 

 

102

 

 

0.13

 

 

0.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partnership wind down and related costs2

 

(2

)

 

(2

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses3

 

21

 

 

21

 

 

0.03

 

 

0.03

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax impacts from items above5

 

 

 

16

 

 

0.02

 

 

0.02

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

704

 

$

724

 

$

0.92

 

$

0.91

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues4

$

162

 

$

130

 

$

0.17

 

$

0.17

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Reflects expenses related to share-based compensation.

2

Reflects expenses related to the wind down of our partnership with NetEase, Inc. ("NetEase") in Mainland China in regards to licenses covering the publication of several Blizzard titles which expired in January 2023.

3

Reflects fees and other expenses related to our proposed transaction with Microsoft Corporation ("Microsoft"), primarily legal and advisory fees.

4

Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.

5

Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

The GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023

Net Revenues

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Product Costs

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Game Operations

and Distribution

Costs

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Product

Development

Sales and

Marketing

General and

Administrative

Total Costs

and Expenses

GAAP Measurement

$

4,590

 

$

252

 

$

207

 

$

736

 

$

126

 

$

807

 

$

611

 

$

468

 

$

3,207

 

Share-based compensation1

 

 

 

 

 

(38

)

 

(2

)

 

(8

)

 

(99

)

 

(17

)

 

(62

)

 

(226

)

Amortization of intangible assets2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

(4

)

Partnership wind down and related costs3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

(2

)

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(42

)

 

(42

)

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

4,590

 

$

252

 

$

169

 

$

734

 

$

115

 

$

708

 

$

594

 

$

361

 

$

2,933

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5

$

(274

)

$

(26

)

$

65

 

$

(4

)

$

(1

)

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

Income

Net Income

Basic Earnings

per Share

Diluted Earnings

per Share

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Measurement

$

1,383

 

$

1,328

 

$

1.69

 

$

1.67

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation1

 

226

 

 

226

 

 

0.29

 

 

0.29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets2

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

0.01

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partnership wind down and related costs3

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses4

 

42

 

 

42

 

 

0.05

 

 

0.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax impacts from items above6

 

 

 

(13

)

 

(0.02

)

 

(0.02

)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

1,657

 

$

1,589

 

$

2.02

 

$

2.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5

$

(308

)

$

(262

)

$

(0.33

)

$

(0.33

)

 

 

 

 

 

1

Reflects expenses related to share-based compensation.

2

Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.

3

Reflects expenses related to the wind down of our partnership with NetEase in Mainland China in regards to licenses covering the publication of several Blizzard titles which expired in January 2023.

4

Reflects fees and other expenses related to our proposed transaction with Microsoft, primarily legal and advisory fees.

5

Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.

6

Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

The GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2022

Net Revenues

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Product Costs

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Game Operations

and Distribution

Costs

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Product

Development

Sales and

Marketing

General and

Administrative

Total Costs

and Expenses

GAAP Measurement

$

1,644

 

$

80

 

$

63

 

$

317

 

$

25

$

311

 

$

263

 

$

247

 

$

1,306

 

Share-based compensation1

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

(1

)

 

 

 

(47

)

 

(14

)

 

(36

)

 

(100

)

Amortization of intangible assets2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

(2

)

Restructuring and related costs3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

3

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(16

)

 

(16

)

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

1,644

 

$

80

 

$

61

 

$

316

 

$

25

 

$

264

 

$

249

 

$

196

 

$

1,191

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5

$

(7

)

$

(7

)

$

(30

)

$

17

 

$

14

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

(6

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

Income

Net Income

Basic Earnings

per Share

Diluted Earnings

per Share

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Measurement

$

338

 

$

280

 

$

0.36

 

$

0.36

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation1

 

100

 

 

100

 

 

0.13

 

 

0.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets2

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring and related costs3

 

(3

)

 

(3

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses4

 

16

 

 

16

 

 

0.02

 

 

0.02

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax impacts from items above6

 

 

 

(15

)

 

(0.02

)

 

(0.02

)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

453

 

$

380

 

$

0.49

 

$

0.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5

$

(1

)

$

(8

)

$

(0.01

)

$

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

 

1

Reflects expenses related to share-based compensation.

2

Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.

3

Reflects restructuring initiatives.

4

Reflects fees and other expenses related to our proposed transaction with Microsoft, primarily legal and advisory fees.

5

Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.

6

Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

The GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

(Amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2022

Net Revenues

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Product Costs

Cost of

Revenues

Product Sales:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Game Operations

and Distribution

Costs

Cost of

Revenues—In-

game/Subs/Other:

Software

Royalties and

Amortization

Product

Development

Sales and

Marketing

General and

Administrative

Total Costs

and Expenses

GAAP Measurement

$

3,412

 

$

172

 

$

144

 

$

605

 

$

43

$

658

 

$

514

 

$

459

 

$

2,595

 

Share-based compensation1

 

 

 

 

 

(6

)

 

(3

)

 

 

 

(100

)

 

(29

)

 

(61

)

 

(199

)

Amortization of intangible assets2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4

)

 

(4

)

Restructuring and related costs3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(48

)

 

(48

)

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

3,412

 

$

172

 

$

138

 

$

602

 

$

43

 

$

558

 

$

485

 

$

351

 

$

2,349

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5

$

(293

)

$

(22

)

$

(68

)

$

16

 

$

17

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

(57

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

Net Income

Basic Earnings per Share

Diluted Earnings per Share

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Measurement

$

817

 

$

675

 

$

0.86

 

$

0.86

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share-based compensation1

 

199

 

 

199

 

 

0.25

 

 

0.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets2

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring and related costs3

 

(5

)

 

(5

)

 

(0.01

)

 

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses4

 

48

 

 

48

 

 

0.06

 

 

0.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax impacts from items above5

 

 

 

(39

)

 

(0.05

)

 

(0.05

)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP Measurement

$

1,063

 

$

882

 

$

1.13

 

$

1.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net effect of deferred revenues and related cost of revenues5

$

(236

)

$

(213

)

$

(0.27

)

$

(0.27

)

 

 

 

 

 

1

Reflects expenses related to share-based compensation.

2

Reflects amortization of intangible assets from purchase price accounting.

3

Reflects restructuring initiatives.

4

Reflects fees and other expenses related to our proposed transaction with Microsoft, primarily legal and advisory fees.

5

Reflects the net effect from deferral of revenues and (recognition) of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products, including the effects of taxes.

6

Reflects the income tax impact associated with the above items. Tax impact on non-GAAP pre-tax income is calculated under the same accounting principles applied to the GAAP pre-tax income under ASC 740, which employs an annual effective tax rate method to the results.

The GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share information is presented as calculated. The sum of these measures, as presented, may differ due to the impact of rounding.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATING SEGMENTS INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

Three Months Ended

 

June 30, 2023

 

$ Increase / (Decrease)

 

 

Activision

 

Blizzard

 

King

 

Total

 

Activision

 

Blizzard

 

King

 

Total

Segment Net Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues from external customers

 

$

574

 

$

1,049

 

$

747

 

$

2,370

 

 

$

84

 

$

659

 

 

$

63

 

 

$

806

 

Intersegment net revenues1

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

Segment net revenues

 

$

574

 

 

$

1,058

 

 

$

747

 

 

$

2,379

 

 

$

84

 

 

$

657

 

 

$

63

 

 

$

804

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

 

$

167

 

 

$

409

 

 

$

266

 

 

$

842

 

 

$

75

 

 

$

315

 

 

$

(5

)

 

$

385

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activision

 

Blizzard

 

King

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment Net Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues from external customers

 

$

490

 

 

$

390

 

 

$

684

 

 

$

1,564

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intersegment net revenues1

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment net revenues

 

$

490

 

 

$

401

 

 

$

684

 

 

$

1,575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

 

$

92

 

 

$

94

 

 

$

271

 

 

$

457

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

June 30, 2023

 

$ Increase / (Decrease)

 

 

Activision

 

Blizzard

 

King

 

Total

 

Activision

 

Blizzard

 

King

 

Total

Segment Net Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues from external customers

 

$

1,154

 

 

$

1,484

 

 

$

1,486

 

 

$

4,124

 

 

$

211

 

 

$

829

 

 

$

120

 

 

$

1,160

 

Intersegment net revenues1

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

 

 

 

(3

)

Segment net revenues

 

$

1,154

 

 

$

1,501

 

 

$

1,486

 

 

$

4,141

 

 

$

211

 

 

$

826

 

 

$

120

 

 

$

1,157

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

 

$

346

 

 

$

466

 

 

$

507

 

 

$

1,319

 

 

$

195

 

 

$

318

 

 

$

(7

)

 

$

506

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activision

 

Blizzard

 

King

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment Net Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues from external customers

 

$

943

 

 

$

655

 

 

$

1,366

 

 

$

2,964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intersegment net revenues1

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment net revenues

 

$

943

 

 

$

675

 

 

$

1,366

 

 

$

2,984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

 

$

151

 

 

$

148

 

 

$

514

 

 

$

813

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Intersegment revenues reflect licensing and service fees charged between segments.

Our operating segments are consistent with the manner in which our operations are reviewed and managed by our Chief Executive Officer, who is our chief operating decision maker (“CODM”). The CODM reviews segment performance exclusive of: the impact of the change in deferred revenues and related cost of revenues with respect to certain of our online-enabled games; share-based compensation expense (including liability awards accounted for under ASC 718); amortization of intangible assets as a result of purchase price accounting; fees and other expenses (including legal fees, costs, expenses and accruals) related to acquisitions, associated integration activities, and financings; certain restructuring and related costs; certain partnership wind down and related costs; and other non-cash charges. See the following page for the reconciliation tables of segment revenues and operating income to consolidated net revenues and consolidated income before income tax expense.

Our operating segments are also consistent with our internal organization structure, the way we assess operating performance and allocate resources, and the availability of separate financial information. We do not aggregate operating segments.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

OPERATING SEGMENTS INFORMATION

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Reconciliation to consolidated net revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment net revenues

 

$

2,379

 

 

$

1,575

 

 

$

4,141

 

 

$

2,984

 

Revenues from non-reportable segments1

 

 

91

 

 

 

73

 

 

 

192

 

 

 

155

 

Net effect from recognition (deferral) of deferred net revenues2

 

 

(254

)

 

 

7

 

 

 

274

 

 

 

293

 

Elimination of intersegment revenues3

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(11

)

 

 

(17

)

 

 

(20

)

Consolidated net revenues

 

$

2,207

 

 

$

1,644

 

 

$

4,590

 

 

$

3,412

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation to consolidated income before income tax expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income

 

$

842

 

 

$

457

 

 

$

1,319

 

 

$

813

 

Operating income (loss) from non-reportable segments1

 

 

24

 

 

 

(5

)

 

 

30

 

 

 

14

 

Net effect from recognition (deferral) of deferred net revenues and related cost of revenues2

 

 

(162

)

 

 

1

 

 

 

308

 

 

 

236

 

Share-based compensation expense4

 

 

(102

)

 

 

(100

)

 

 

(226

)

 

 

(199

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(4

)

Restructuring and related costs5

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

Partnership wind down and related costs6

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

 

Merger and acquisition-related fees and other expenses7

 

 

(21

)

 

 

(16

)

 

 

(42

)

 

 

(48

)

Consolidated operating income

 

 

583

 

 

 

338

 

 

 

1,383

 

 

 

817

 

Interest expense from debt

 

 

27

 

 

 

27

 

 

 

54

 

 

 

54

 

Other (income) expense, net

 

 

(168

)

 

 

(10

)

 

 

(290

)

 

 

(23

)

Consolidated income before income tax expense

 

$

724

 

 

$

321

 

 

$

1,619

 

 

$

786

 

1

Includes other income and expenses outside of our reportable segments, including our distribution business and unallocated corporate income and expenses.

2

Reflects the net effect from (deferral) of revenues and recognition of deferred revenues, along with related cost of revenues, on certain of our online-enabled products.

3

Intersegment revenues reflect licensing and service fees charged between segments.

4

Reflects expenses related to share-based compensation.

5

Reflects restructuring initiatives.

6

Reflects expenses related to the wind down of our partnership with NetEase in Mainland China in regards to licenses covering the publication of several Blizzard titles which expired in January 2023.

7

Reflects fees and other expenses related to our proposed transaction with Microsoft, primarily legal and advisory fees.

ACTIVISION BLIZZARD, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NET REVENUES BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL

(Amounts in millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

June 30, 2023

 

June 30, 2022

 

$ Increase

(Decrease)

 

% Increase

(Decrease)

 

Amount

 

% of Total1

 

Amount

 

% of Total1

 

 

Net Revenues by Distribution Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital online channels2

$

2,012

 

 

91

%

 

$

1,474

 

 

90

%

 

$

538

 

36

%

Retail channels

 

81

 

 

4

 

 

 

65

 

 

4

 

 

 

16

 

 

25

 

Other3

 

114

 

 

5

 

 

 

105

 

 

6

 

 

 

9

 

 

9

 

Total consolidated net revenues

$

2,207

 

 

100

%

 

$

1,644

 

 

100

%

 

$

563

 

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in deferred revenues4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital online channels2

$

282

 

 

 

 

$

44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail channels

 

(21

)

 

 

 

 

(50

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other3

 

(7

)

 

 

 

 

(1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total changes in deferred revenues

$

254

 

 

 

 

$

(7

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

June 30, 2023

 

June 30, 2022

 

$ Increase

(Decrease)

 

% Increase

(Decrease)

 

Amount

 

% of Total1

 

Amount

 

% of Total1

 

 

Net Revenues by Distribution Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital online channels2

$

4,168

 

 

91

%

 

$

3,063

 

 

90

%

 

$

1,105

 

 

36

%

Retail channels

 

185

 

 

4

 

 

 

151

 

 

4

 

 

 

34

 

 

23

 

Other3

 

237

 

 

5

 

 

 

198

 

 

6

 

 

 

39

 

 

20

 

Total consolidated net revenues

$

4,590

 

 

100

%

 

$

3,412

 

 

100

%

 

$

1,178

 

 

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in deferred revenues4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital online channels2

$

(165

)

 

 

 

$

(178