SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 16 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that based on better than expected consumer response to its holiday slate and catalogue titles, as well as the strength of its distribution and value divisions, the company is raising its net revenue and diluted earnings per share outlook for the third fiscal quarter, ending December 31, 2004.
For the fiscal third quarter, Activision expects record earnings per diluted share of $0.55 on net revenues of $615 million, an increase from the company's prior earnings outlook of $0.49 per diluted share on net revenues of $500 million. For the full fiscal year 2005, Activision expects earnings per diluted share of $0.81 on net revenues of $1.265 billion.
Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc., said, "Our holiday releases and catalogue titles continue to perform well worldwide on all major platforms, and we now have nine games that have shipped in excess of one million units."
Kotick continued, "According to NPD Funworld, Tony Hawk's Underground 2 was the #4 best-selling game in aggregate across all platforms and X-Men Legends was the #8 best-selling game in aggregate across all platforms for the months of October and November combined in the U.S. Additionally, Spider-Man 2 for the Nintendo DS was the #1 best-selling third-party title and Call of Duty: Finest Hour was the #10 best-selling game across all platforms for the month of November."
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $948 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.
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