THQ recorded a major loss and saw its revenues fall in the third-quarter as consumers spent less on its video games during the holiday shopping season. The company posted a net loss of $14.9 million, compared with a profit of $542,000 in the same period a year ago. THQ's revenue fell 11 percent to $314.6 million from $356.9 million a year earlier.
Still, the company tried to put a brave face on the discouraging revenue numbers.
"We posted a strong holiday quarter led by our new uDraw GameTablet, which shipped 1.2 million units. This owned intellectual property provides THQ with a new growth opportunity focused on innovative and creative game play," said THQ President and CEO Brian Farrell. "Our fiscal fourth quarter continues our robust release schedule of high quality, high profile games including Homefront, WWE All Stars, and de Blob 2."
For the fiscal third quarter ending December 31, 2010, THQ reported net sales of $314.6 million, compared with $356.7 million in the prior-year period. On a non-GAAP basis, for the three months ending December 31, 2010, the company reported net sales of $323.1 million, compared with $357.0 million a year ago.
Looking ahead the company predicted fiscal fourth quarter non-GAAP net sales in the range of $245 - $260 million, and non-GAAP EPS of $0.05 - $ 0.15. The new guidance primarily reflects the move of UFC Personal Trainer into fiscal 2012, and lower expected sales of kids movie-based licensed games.
For the fiscal year ending March 31, THQ expects to report non-GAAP fiscal 2011 net sales in the range of $800 - $815 million and a non-GAAP net loss per share for fiscal 2011 in the range of $0.25 - $0.35.