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Daily Alert - 5/6/20

This gaming company is benefiting from stay-at-home orders.

This gaming company is benefiting from stay-at-home orders. Its shares have bounced back to near their 52-week highs, and five analysts have recently raised their EPS estimates for the company.

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA)
From Sure Dividend

Even before the pandemic, the video game industry was lucrative, growing 7.2% YoY (year-over-year) in 2019. Video games are gradually becoming the preferred form of entertainment. Data from Newzoo and Comscore shows that global video game revenue of $148.8 billion surpassed worldwide movie box office collection of $42.5 billion in 2019.

The significant change in the technology and business models of the gaming industry is driving growth. Video games have expanded beyond consoles to PCs and mobile. Thanks to high-speed internet, game developers have gone digital. Instead of buying video game packages, gamers can download games, subscribe to cloud gaming services, and make in-gaming purchases like new missions and player skins to enhance their gaming experience.

Similar to other physical sports, video games have sporting events called esports, where professional gamers compete in front of millions of viewers. According to Newzoo, 443 million people watched esports in 2019, and this number is expected to reach 495 million in 2020. The secret to succeeding in gaming is developing games that generate a loyal fan base for sequels, prequels, and merchandise goods.

2020 is a good year for gaming stocks. Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) is a video game giant with annual revenue of $5.5 billion and a market cap of $32.8 billion The company offers games and services for consoles, mobile, and PC, and earn ~75% of revenue from digital channels. However, EA is more dominant in game console sales, earning 70% of its revenue from here. It earns 15% revenue each from PC and mobile games, and is witnessing increasing growth in mobile games.

EA has some of the best sports game franchises like Madden NFL, NCAA Football, NBA Live, and FIFA, and it is monetizing these games on esports. It also has an exclusive agreement with Disney for the rights of the Star Wars franchise. The franchisee licenses limit EA’s scope for merchandise sales. Its largest source of revenue is live services like in-game purchases, extra content, subscriptions, and esports. EA plans to monetize its games like Apex Legends and Battlefield through esports.

Ben Reynolds and Harvi Sadhra, Sure Dividend Newsletter,,, 800-531-0465, May 20, 2020