EA releases fiscal year 2012 financial report: Mass Effect 3 tops $200 million at retail

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EA has released its financial report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. The report suggests that EA enjoyed a highly profitable period during the latest fiscal year with its digital distribution service Origin topping 11 million registered users and Mass Effect 3 taking over $200 million at retail.

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EA’s digital revenue was one of the company’s major areas of profit growth. CEO John Riccitiello had this to say on EA’s expansion in this particular domain:

“We are proud to report a strong quarter and a fiscal year highlighted with $1.2 billion of digital revenue. In the coming year, we break away from the pack, with a very different profile than the traditional game companies and capabilities that none of our new digital competitors can match.”

Here are some of the highlights from EA’s financial report:

  • All-Time High Non-GAAP Net Revenue of $4.2 Billion in Fiscal 12

  • Annual Digital Non-GAAP Revenue — Up 47% to $1.2 Billion

  • Digital Revenue Driving Margin Expansion

  • Mass Effect 3 Sales Exceed $200 Million at Retail

  • FIFA 12 Non-GAAP Digital Revenue Tops $100 Million

  • Strong results driven by the successful launches of Mass Effect 3, FIFA Street 4, SSX and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

  • FIFA 12 established the best year in franchise history – with downloads and micro-transactions totaling $108 million. FIFA Ultimate Team — a pure digital companion to recent FIFA titles was the second best-selling EA offering in the UK in fiscal 12.

  • Battlefield 3 had a record year, establishing itself as one of EA’s premier game services and in the process successfully took share in the growing First-Person-Shooter market.

  • Battlefield 3 players are still deeply engaged — 6.3 million MAUs in March. New content downloads available in May and June.

  • Q4 full-game downloads were up 76 percent year-over-year, contributing $60 million in the quarter, driven in part by Mass Effect 3 and STAR WARS: The Old Republic.

  • STAR WARS: The Old Republic active subscribers are 1.3 million. Two new content packs — Legacy and Allies, available in Q1.

  • EA’s Play4Free brands are generating an average of nearly $2 million per week. Several more EA brands will be introduced in the Play4Free portal in fiscal 13.

  • EA shattered its goal for digital revenue growth — generating more than $1.2 billion in fiscal 12 for a 47 percent year-over-year growth, and driving operating margin to 10%. Another 40 percent increase in digital non-GAAP revenue and continued operating margin expansion is forecasted for fiscal 13.

  • EA’s Origin platform for games and services has registered 11 million players and generated approximately $150 million in just ten months. EA’s Nucleus database has registered 220 million consumers.

  • Casual game leader PopCap — acquired by EA in August — is growing on mobile and social platforms with new games like Solitaire Blitz and Lucky Gem Casino. A new version of Bejeweled is EA’s top grossing game on the Apple App Store.

  • EA repurchased 27.7 million shares for $529 million through March 31, 2012, and as of the call, the $600 million share repurchase program has been completed.

  • In fiscal 13, EA will invest $80 million in development of games for Gen4 console systems.

Source: GameTrailers

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