Electronic Arts Earnings: Here’s Why Investors Are Mixed

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are flat.

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Electronic Arts Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Net loss of $45 million (net loss of 15 cents per diluted share) in the quarter versus a net loss of $205 million in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 13.1% to $922 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Electronic Arts Inc. reported adjusted net income of 56 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.56. It missed the average revenue estimate of $1.29 billion.

Quoting Management: ā€œDespite a challenging quarter, we were able to deliver non-GAAP EPS at the high end of our guidance range,ā€ said Chief Executive Officer John Riccitiello…

…We are investing for the future wave of growth that we foresee in digital and console.ā€

Key Stats:

Revenue increased 29.68% from $711 million in the previous quarter. Net income increased to $176 million in the quarter versus a net loss of $381 million in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.69 to a profit $0.71. For the current year, the average estimate has moved down from a profit of $1.04 to a profit of $1.01 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials.)