Take2 Announce New GTA For PSP

Take 2 Games revised their revenue earnings for the fiscal years 2005 and 2006 today, and have also announced a “new Grand Theft Auto title” will appear on the Sony PSP during the fiscal 2006 year.

The rest of the press release reads as follows

Take-Two is reducing its fiscal 2005 guidance to reflect several factors, including the movement of the launch of Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories for the PSP handheld entertainment system in certain European territories from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 to the first quarter of fiscal 2006, due to unexpected delays in final product testing and submission. Shipments of the title have been made to the UK in the fourth quarter, with the title expected to ship in the remaining European territories in late November. Additionally, the revised fiscal 2005 guidance reflects reduced sales of catalog products and lower than anticipated initial retailer orders of new releases, which have resulted in lower than expected sales in October of Take-Two’s published titles and in the Company’s Jack of All Games distribution business.

Based on preliminary estimates, the Company now expects $1.180 to $1.185 billion in net sales and $0.53 to $0.56 in diluted net income per share for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2005.

In view of the Company’s expectations of a continued cautious U.S. retail environment through the holiday season, and the inherent uncertainty in forecasting the pace of manufacturer shipments and consumer adoption of new hardware platforms, the Company has also reduced its fiscal 2006 guidance as follows

* For the fiscal year ending October 31, 2006, $1.35 to $1.45 billion in net sales and $1.15 to $1.45 in diluted net income per share.
* For the first quarter ending January 31, 2006, $300 to $350 million in net sales and $0.04 to $0.10 in diluted net income per share. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the reduction in first quarter guidance also reflects the movement of The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion for PC and Xbox 360 from the first quarter to the second quarter and the movement of the Japanese launch of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for PlayStation 2 out of the first quarter and the fiscal year.

The Company’s diluted earnings per share for the periods above do not include the impact of adopting FASB 123, requiring the expensing of employee stock options. With the adoption of FASB 123 beginning on November 1, 2005, the Company’s estimated diluted net income per share guidance will be $0.95 to $1.20 for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2006 and $0.00 to $0.05 for the first quarter ending January 31, 2006.

It is disappointing to reduce our financial guidance. However, we remain optimistic about Take-Two’s overall prospects and the favorable dynamics of our industry,” said Paul Eibeler, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to create compelling content, supported by strong creative and financial resources. For Fiscal 2006, we are well positioned for the opportunities to extend our brands across the large installed base of current generation platforms, as well as next generation hardware including the two previously announced Rockstar Games titles for the PSP, one of which is a new Grand Theft Auto title. We are pleased with the strong initial gamer and trade press response to our recently released Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories for the PSP, as well as The Warriors and Sid Meier’s Civilization IV.”