Majesco Entertainment Company Reports Third Quarter 2005 Financial Results
EDISON, N.J, September 12, 2005 -- Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), today announced results for its third quarter and nine months ended July 31, 2005.
The Company reported third quarter net revenues of $4.6 million, compared to $34.0 million for the same period in 2004. The decrease is reflective of weak sales of the Company's products compared to the strong sales around the introduction of its Game Boy Advance Video product in the prior year quarter. In addition, net revenues for the 2005 quarter were impacted by increased provisions for price protection, changes in market conditions, and soft demand for the Company's products.
The operating loss was $38.6 for the 2005 quarter, versus operating income of $3.1 million for the same period last year. The decrease in operating income is attributable to the weaker than expected sales of the Company's premium game releases as well as its other products. As a result the Company was unable to recoup development and marketing costs related to the premium games. The loss also includes provisions for impairment of capitalized software costs, severence costs and a loss on a proposed settlement.
For the quarter, the Company generated a net loss of $37.5 million, or $1.69 per share, compared to net income of $20.5 million, or $1.06 per share for the third quarter of last year.
For the nine-month period ended July 31, 2005, the Company reported net revenues of $55.1 million, down from the $75.6 million reported in the same period during 2004. The operating loss was $35.8 million versus an operating income of $6.5 million in the comparable 2004 period. Net loss for the 2005 nine-month period was $37.8 million or $1.87 per share, compared to net loss of $29.0 million or $3.98 per share for the same period of last year.
As of July 31, 2005, the Company had $10.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. To satisfy its liquidity needs, the Company factors its receivables, and utilizes purchase order financing to provide funding for the manufacture of its products. Recently, the factor imposed a limitation of $7.5 million on cash advances, and a maximum of $2.0 million for letters of credit. Previously, the Company availability was $30.0 to $35.0 million in the aggregate. Management is negotiating with the factor to increase the level of availability and is also in the process of evaluating alternatives to its current factoring arrangement.
Although management believes it will be successful in either increasing the availability from its current factor or obtaining alternative financing, there can be no assurance that it will be successful in these efforts, or at terms acceptable to the Company. Failure to obtain such financing or obtaining it with unfavorable terms could have an adverse effect on future operating prospects and continued growth.
Jesse Sutton, Majesco's President, said, "The lower than expected sales of some of our key products combined with the effects of the upcoming console transition and overall industry softness have made this a very challenging year."
Sutton continued, "As a result of our disappointing results, we are re-evaluating our business model. In the meantime, we will maintain our focus on digital entertainment with an emphasis on video games. Our value product line will remain a core part of our business and we will selectively publish frontline titles. Additionally, our strategy includes pursuing low-risk opportunities in the mobile and online markets with our existing intellectual properties as well as new products."
Majesco is updating its fiscal 2005 guidance primarily to reflect the timing shift of its release of JAWSTM Unleashed and Infected to the first quarter of fiscal 2006 to provide additional development time for those titles. The Company also indicated that the launch of its feature films for the GBA in the first quarter of fiscal 2006. For fiscal 2005, management expects net revenues of $60.0 to $65.0 million and an operating loss of approximately $40.0 to $45.0 million.
Key Upcoming Products
- Teen TitansTM , developed by Artificial Mind & Movement (A2M), the exciting superhero action adventure licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is scheduled for release later this year on Game Boy® Advance and in fiscal 2006 for play on the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, and Nintendo GameCubeTM. Teen Titans is based on DC Comics characters and is an animated series airing on Cartoon Network and Kids' WB.
- Infected, a thrilling new run-and-gun shooter that allows players' avatars to invade opponents' PSPTM (PlayStation ®Portable) systems via multi-player victories is scheduled to ship for the 2005 holiday season and is the first release in an exclusive three-game PSP deal between Majesco and Planet Moon Studios.
- Aeon Flux, scheduled to coincide with the theatrical release starring Oscar®-winning actress Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux, is based on Peter Chung's popular futuristic MTV animated series and features a palpitating blend of stealth, speed and acrobatic combat.
- JAWSTM Unleashed, based on one of the most enduring action-suspense films of all time, is being developed by Appaloosa Interactive. The game features an innovative twist where players assume the role of the Great White Shark. JAWSUnleashed is planned for release early 2006 for PlayStation ® 2, Xbox ® and PC.
At 5:00 PM EST (2:00 PM PST) today, management will host a conference call to review the results.
To listen to the call, please dial 800-510-0219, approximately five minutes prior to the start of the call. International participants can access the call by dialing 617-614-3451. For those who cannot listen to the live conference call, a replay will be available until midnight on September 15, 2005. The access number for the replay is 888-286-8010 for U.S. participants and 617-801-6888 for international participants. The conference identification code is 48065584.
Additionally, the call will be web cast and can be accessed at Majesco's website at www.majescoentertainment.com.
About Majesco Entertainment Company
Headquartered in Edison, NJ, Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL) is an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content. The Company's diverse product lineup includes forthcoming video games such as Aeon Flux TM, JAWS TM Unleashed and InfectedTM for the PSPTM (PlayStation ®Portable), as well as digital entertainment products like Frogger ® TV Arcade. Utilizing its proprietary video compression technology, Majesco plans to offer Game Boy ® Advance Video versions of the beloved DreamWorks Animation movies Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shark Tale. More information about Majesco can be found online at www.majescoentertainment.com.
Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period(s) or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "intend," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or t he negatives thereof or other comparable terminology. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. These factors include but are not limited to, the demand for our products; timely development and release of our products; the ability to secure licenses to valuable entertainment properties on favorable terms; continued consumer acceptance of the gaming platforms on which our products operate and our products; competitive factors in the businesses in which we compete; fulfillment of orders preliminarily made by customers; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; adverse changes in the securities markets; and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release publicly the results of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.
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